We place social sustainability based on labor and human rights at the center of our core business operations, strategies and corporate policies. We seek to manage opportunities to increase our positive impacts and manage associated risks to reduce our negative impacts working together with our partners across our value chain.
Our employees are involved in every aspect of our relations with stakeholders, ranging from customers to suppliers. This inclusive governance structure has been integrated across our company and is represented in our various committees and working groups.
We are aware and conscious of challenges in the ready-made garment industry and seek to play an active role in advancing universal principles.
Our related corporate strategies, policies and activities are led by a dedicated Corporate Sustainability and Social Compliance Committee that works very closely with the both the Employee Management Committee and the Environment Working Group.
We seek to manage risks and opportunities within our value chain through self-assessments like the HIGG Index and third party voluntary assessments like the Fair Wear Foundation.
We participate actively in international initiative and platforms to guide our implementation but also share experiences and engage in awareness raising on key issues such as;
Manufacturing in international standards is crucial part of our business.
Tests and inspections are carried out periodically according to the international accreditation test and compliance Firms (i.e. SGS, INTERTEK, Bureau Veritas ) and in accordance with the standards of the customers’ and SUTEKS Eligibility Criteria.
These test results are archived, shared with the Customer, and no outcome of the non-compliance is carried to the next step.
Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 12,000 signatories in over 145 countries worldwide. We seek to advance universal principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labor Standards, Environment and Anti-Corruption by signing the CEO Statement of Support of the UN Global Compact and to disclose our progress on implementation annually.
The UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, is a joint initiative of UN Women and UN Global Compact. The platform is an important business initiative that seeks to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. We are one of the first SMEs globally to have signed the CEO Statement and the first in Turkey. In 2013, SUTEKS Group CEO, Ms. Nur GER received an Honour Roll designation by the UN WEPs Leadership Group. For the two year period, Ms. Ger will be serving in an honorary and voluntary capacity as a Business Advocate.
We are committed to ensuring that the expectations of our clients and the highest standards of ethical and responsible trading are upheld within global supply chains. We conduct self-assessments and are also audited and evaluated by third party stakeholders. We ask that our own business partners including our suppliers and sub-contractors also respect and uphold our Responsible and Ethical Trading Corporate Policy Statement and Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct).