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Workwear: more transparency in the supply chain

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Supply chain transparency

GREIFF
Manufacturer in the supply chain

Production sites in the supply chain:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Germany
Marocco
North Macedonia
Moldavia
Pakistan
Romania
Ukraine
Vietnam
Hungary
Turkey

Since 2015

Background

More and more companies are paying attention to more than just qualitative and functional aspects when equipping their employees with workwear. Increasingly, they also attach importance to sustainable production. Where and under what conditions the textiles were produced, however, is usually difficult to understand. The medium-sized, owner-managed company GREIFF Mode, a leading supplier of workwear, wants to make this transparency possible for its customers. To this end, it developed the so-called "myGREIFF-Code" in 2015. The code can be found on the labels of all permanently available articles. When customers enter the code on the computer or by app, they can trace the manufacturing process of the product back to the origin of the fibres. A comprehensive database was developed for this purpose, which was integrated into the existing merchandise management system with the aid of a software solution. Not only customers benefit from the transparency - GREIFF itself has also been given a complete overview of the entire supply chain.

Wachsender Informationsbedarf in komplexen Lieferketten

Workwear has to meet high demands: It should be particularly practical, comfortable and durable. More and more companies are also attaching importance to equipping their employees with workwear that has been produced sustainably. But it is often difficult to understand who manufactured the textiles - and under what conditions. The medium-sized, owner-managed company GREIFF Mode is one of the leading manufacturers of workwear. The company expects not only high quality from its suppliers, but also that they guarantee fair, safe and appreciative working conditions for their employees and handle energy and raw materials carefully. GREIFF's customers should also be able to understand which requirements the producers meet in the various production stages.

Umfassende Informationen auf einen Klick

In 2015, GREIFF developed the so-called "myGREIFF-Code". The code can be found on the labels of all permanently available articles. When customers enter the code on the computer or by app, they can track the manufacturing process of the product: from the fiber to the finished part. Customers can see which country the raw material comes from and where it has been processed. In some cases, they can also see which certificates the manufacturing company has. A comprehensive database was developed for this purpose, which was integrated into the existing merchandise management system with the aid of a software solution. When the database was set up, all production stages were recorded. In order to keep them up-to-date, the information is regularly requested from the suppliers and every change is recorded either at the supplier's premises or in the preliminary stages of the supply chain. GREIFF is continuously working on improving the database. In the future, customers will be able to access additional information when querying the myGREIFF-Code - including information on audits carried out or training courses in the ready-made clothing factories.

myGREIFF-Code on the label of a garment. ©GREIFF Mode GmbH & Co. KG.

Mehr Transparenz für Kund*innen und Unternehmen

The demands placed by companies on their employees' workwear are increasing - and so are the number of enquiries regarding individual production steps. Sustainable production is also an increasingly important criterion in public tenders in Germany and other EU countries. With the myGREIFF-Code, the company can answer corresponding customer enquiries and meet the increasing need for information. The code has therefore met with a consistently positive response from customers. In addition, GREIFF itself has for the first time been able to obtain a complete overview of the entire supply chain and all preliminary stages thanks to the database. Possible sustainability risks for suppliers can thus be identified and addressed more quickly.

GREIFF app that can be used to enter the myGREIFF-Code. GREIFF Mode GmbH & Co. KG.

""The myGREIFF-Code allows us to be open to our customers. The origin and production of our products can be traced online at any time."

Nicole Wagner, Corporate Responsibility at GREIFF

Experiences and recommendations

  • If you want to create transparency for your customers, you first have to ensure transparency in your business relationship with your own suppliers. This transparency requires trust on both sides - and can therefore be implemented particularly well if companies have long-standing and lasting business relationships with their suppliers. As a traditional, owner-managed company, GREIFF has always attached great importance to this. This benefited the company during the introduction of the transparency code.
  • When developing your own database, it is also important to ensure that it is integrated into the merchandise management system. Otherwise, the effort required to maintain the data is too high. The subsequent continuous data maintenance must also be taken into account during the development of the database.

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