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We know that work clothes in particular are subject to heavy demands. It often must hold up against continuous use. That is why we adhere to the highest quality standards. Our textiles are put through the paces throughout the entire process chain – from the initial design through production to the finished product. How do we go about doing that?

In addition to the quality control department at our headquarter in Buchholz, equipped with the very latest technology, we opened our own quality assurance office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November 2012. Under the direction of a long-standing employee, that office strictly monitors compliance with our production guidelines on site in our key sourcing country. In addition, all products are inspected continuously during the production process, and also by independent textile testing institutes such as SGS, Hansecontrol, Bureau Veritas and Hohenstein during the final acceptance process. That's not enough? Whether it's AQL inspection, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, or ISO certification – we adhere to standards and focus on sustainability.

Our tailoring is in accordance with size tables and we calculate the average shrinkage values for the material used in advance to ensure a perfect fit and a high-level of wearing comfort. We also get the chemistry right; we take account of factors including color, light and rub fastness, and ensure that the pilling values for the textiles are good. From each production run, full size sets are tested, washed and inspected. Our quality control doesn't miss a thing.

Our extensive quality control before, during and after production provides you with a very high-level of project reliability.

In addition to product quality, it is especially important to us that our products are produced under humane and acceptable working conditions. That is why we have committed ourselves to the high social standards of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and why we focus on sustainability. As a member of the BSCI, we audit our production partners and undertake a thorough review of social and labor conditions. The absolute prohibition of child labor for children under 14 years of age goes without saying, but we also review many other relevant factors, such as compliance with minimum wages, hours of work, occupational safety measures and fire protection. After each first audit, we give our production partners the opportunity to accompany us on the path towards improvement. The factory must implement concrete measures, which we check at regular intervals in re-audits. During auditing, we again work with independent and accredited testing institutes. In the event that a producer repeatedly fails to hold to the arrangements, we end the business relationship.

Brands Fashion also complies with The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety (“Accord”). This initiative is an independent bipartite agreement between global brands and unions designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes, among other things, the carrying out of independent safety inspections at all covered factories, and public reporting of the results of these inspections. The Accord requires that qualified fire, electrical and building safety engineering firms conduct initial inspections on behalf of the Accord and in adherence with its standards. </>