The Sustainability Report 2019 report highlights the key sustainability initiatives of Bestseller in the first year of its Fashion FWD strategy. Working with Life and Building Safety (LABS), Bestseller has helped improve the working conditions of apparel workers – especially in India – by addressing risks related to fire and electrical hazards, structural building safety and by providing proper safety training for workers.
Since 2015, the company has been engaged with five factories and 16,834 workers in its social dialogue Program in Bangladesh. By 2021, the company plans to achieve 100 per cent remediation and safety training under the Bangladesh Accord.
By 2025, its retail chain will support 100,000 women in Tier-1 factories to achieve workplace empowerment and improved life skills. In the same time frame, it will support all Tier-1 factories in implementing digital payment of wages. The company has intensified its partnership with BSR to become a catalyst member and a long-term partner of HERproject™, further accelerating its goal of supporting 100,000 women in Tier-1 factories.
It has started a new partnership with BHive and piloted their chemical management tool with 18 facilities in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey. By 2025, the company will use 100 per cent approved and traceable chemicals in all its core products.