As one of 222 companies world-wide - and one of 2 in Denmark - in the autumn of 2018 Elvang has been appointed Guaranteed Member of the World Fair Trade Organization. This is the most restrictive type of certification through the WFTO.
This certification by the WFTO means that an investigation of the overall value chain has been carried out - both of the company in Denmark and its Peruvian suppliers.
It is not just the products themselves that are certified by the WTFO. It is the entire company.
The WFTO’s work is based on 10 principles, which include environmental and working conditions such as child labour, and has a particular focus on helping marginalised producers.
In Elvang’s case, we offer assistance to e.g. marginalised alpaca shepherds working high up in the Andes by teaching them how they can optimise and improve their alpaca business.
WFTO´s 10 principles:
By re-using the ressources from nature the human footprint on the world will be smaller. This is thought behind our throw and cushion compositions in the combination alpaca and wool. These collections are suistanable based on the fact that they are produced mainly from left over fibres from other productions thereby minimizing waste. In pratice it is done by the fibres being pulled apart and re-spun again ready to be woven into beautiful textiles.
Dying of fibres
ELVANG's textiles are dyed by Eco-tex certified colours. This also encures less burden on the environment.
90% delivered by sea
The transport sector accounts for a significant part of the world's environmental impact. By choosing ocean freight rather than air freight transport, the impact on the environment is significantly eased. Here at Elvang, we endeavour to send as many consignments as possible by sea. Our aim is to deliver at least 90% of our consignments by sea. The number in 2018 was 93%.
Choice of business partner
We have been working closely with one of Peru’s major weaving productions since Elvang’s beginning back in 2013. The company has an excellent and extensive CSR programme, which played a central role in Elvang’s choice of partner. This ensures that Elvang’s products are produced in proper conditions.
Elvang’s gift boxes are made from recycled cardboard.
GOTS-certified cotton bags
Elvang uses cotton bags for different purposes. The bags are made from GOTS-certified cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard). This guarantees that they are eco-friendly and socially responsible.
We have been working closely with one of Peru’s major weaving productions since Elvang’s beginning back in 2003.
The company has an excellent and extensive CSR programme, which played a central role in Elvang choosing this partner. This ensures that Elvang’s products are produced in proper conditions. The company allows Elvang to make unannounced visits to their premises to ensure that the conditions are as they should be.
By taking part in the programme, the weaving production has to verify its entire value chain and in doing so is assuming social responsibility. The employees work in proper conditions, the alpaca shepherds are offered training and good sales conditions for their products, and production is kind to the environment.
At the factory:
• Free doctor and dentist consultations for employees and their families
• Free legal assistance for employees and their families
• Educational assistance for employees’ children
• Option to purchase staple goods at good prices
• Overtime is optional
• Pay is higher than the minimum wage rate
• Funeral assistance if a family member dies
• No child labour
• Appointed CSR officer and representative
• Freedom to join a trade union
• Disabled employees
The alpaca wool supplied to our weaving company comes from low-wage alpaca shepherds, who tend to live high up in the Andes at altitudes of 3,000–5,000 metres in very basic conditions. Our weaving company offers the shepherds a free 3-day course to help them develop their alpaca businesses, during which they learn about staying healthy, breeding, diet etc. They also get taught how to shear the alpacas so that the wool can later be sorted by fineness and colour. The finer wool is worth more, so the alpaca shepherds are offered an extra 20–40% bonus. This is a fantastic example of how the training helps marginalised groups to escape poverty.
Elvang is a member of the UN’s Global Compact. This is the UN’s initiative for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. The initiative contains 10 principles based on internationally recognised conventions on human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption.
As a member of Global Compact, we are committed to comply with the 10 principles:
• Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
• Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human right abuses.
• Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
• Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
• Businesses should support the effective abolition of child labour.
• Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
• Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
• Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
• Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
• Business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.