Partnerships & Networks
Cooperation with stakeholders is essential in order to achieve lasting improvements. Below you can read about our partnerships and the networks we are part of.
SAVE - SPINNING MILL PROJECT
SAVE is an NGO based in Tirupur, India and has been working for the last 25 years to abolish child labor and has been involved in the empowerment of women as well as comprehensive development projects of the textile and garment industry workers. SAVE has been operating as a campaigner for the protection and promotion of the rights of the textile and garment workers. Varner has been cooperating with SAVE since 2018 in a project addressing unfair labour practices in the spinning mill sector in Tamil Nadu.
The project won the community engagement and partnerships category at the India United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles Awards 2021, recognizing how the project has reached 25,000 female textile workers and their families with efforts to increase knowledge about labour rights.
United Work Reintegration and Placement Services is a non-profit organization that is running a social responsibility project funded by the Dutch Government aiming to support Syrian refugees being employed in Turkey. Varner has been cooperating with United Work since 2018 to support refugees in finding formal work in the garment sector.
JOINT ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVES (JETI)
JETI is an ethical trading platform in Bangladesh established through collaboration between the Ethical Trading Initiative, UK, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative and the Ethical Trading Initiative in Norway. Varner has cooperated with JETI since 2015 in the implementation of JETI’s Social Dialogue Program in the Varner supply chain in Bangladesh.
THE ACCORD BANGLADESH
The Accord Bangladesh was in its inception an independent, legally binding 5-year agreement between brands and trade unions designed to work towards a safe and healthy Garment Industry in Bangladesh. We signed the agreement in 2013. The agreement was revised and re-negotiated in 2021, and Varner signed the new agreement, called International Accord for Health & Safety in the Garment & Textile Industry, as one of the first companies in September 2021.
ADVIT FOUNDATION - CHEMICAL HANDLING TRAININGS
Advit Foundation is an Indian NGO, working for conservation of environment resources and livelihood enhancement. The organizations work focuses on improving living/working conditions through improved environment conditions, promoting environment education and conservation practices. We have been cooperating with Advit Foundation since 2016.
THE ASSOCIATION FOR SOLIDARITY WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANTS (SGDD-ASAM) / REFUGEE SUPPORT CENTER (MUDEM-RSC)
SGDD-ASAM and MUDEM-RSC are Turkish organizations providing solutions for the problems encountered by refugees and asylum seekers. We have since 2015 cooperated with them finding solutions for refugees connected with our supply chain.
THE CENTRE FOR CHILD RIGHTS AND BUSINESS
The Centre for Child Rights and Business is a China based implementing partner of Save the Children providing services and expertise to help businesses with programs and projects that improve the lives of children, young workers and working migrant parents. We have been cooperating with the organization since 2014.
CRB - RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES PROJECT
Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) is based in India develops and implements capacity building programs. We have cooperated with them since 2015 for training of workers, supervisors and management on workplace rights and responsibilities.
Elevate is a global service provider focused on solutions for responsible sourcing and supports client with customized programs to manage risk and improve supply chain social, environmental and business performance. Elevate have since 2016 been our main partner for social audits in the supply chain.
ETHICAL TRADE NORWAY
IEH is a resource center and an advocate for ethical trade practices. Their objective is cooperation on trade which promotes human rights, workers' rights, development and environmental standards.
Fairtrade is the most renowned and recognized certification for fair trade. The certification ensures that the raw materials are grown and harvested by standards for safe working conditions and sustainable farming. We have been working with Fairtrade certification since 2017.
QuizRR is a Swedish organization aiming to help companies to manage risk in supply chains and provide training at workplaces in innovative ways, adding measurability and scale. You can read their 1 million training sessions report here.
CYDD (Association for Supporting Contemporary Living)
CYDD is a Turkish NGO working on the topics of breaches of democracy, human rights and violation of law, particularly related to education, rights of women, and environmental issues. We have been cooperating with CYDD in the “From Production Back to Education Project” since 2017.
KOALISJONEN FOR ANSVARLIG NÆRINGSLIV (KAN)
KAN is a coalition consisting of businesses, unions, sivil society and other movements, working asking for a human rights law for businesses in Norway. Varner is part of the coalition supporting their work towards a law protecting people and the environment.
Materials & Environment
The purpose of The Swedish Textiles Initiative for Climate Action (STICA) is to support the apparel and textile industries and their stakeholders in the Nordic region to, at minimum, reduce greenhouse gases in line with 1.5 C warming pathway, as outlined by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Ultimately STICA’s aim is to ensure the Swedish and Nordic textile industry does more than its share by becoming the first climate positive apparel and textiles industry in the world well before 2050.
STICA achieves this by:
- Supporting apparel and textile companies operating in both the Nordic and international markets to set science-based targets and reduce their greenhouse gases in line with 1.5 C warming pathway, as outlined by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.
- Providing a neutral, non-competitive platform for companies and organizations to learn best practices for reducing their GHG emissions as well as to track and publicly report on their progress on a regular basis.
- Supporting the development of joint projects and cross-sector collaborations in order to reduce the Nordic apparel and textile industry’s GHG emissions while stimulating climate solutions that can also be exported outside of the Nordic region, thus increasing the Nordic apparel and textile industry’s global competitiveness.
- Working with industry stakeholders to develop a roadmap and implement an action plan for how the Swedish and Nordic apparel and textile industries will reduce their GHG emissions well below the 1.5 C warming target in order to become climate positive, while also becoming a global leader in developing climate positive solutions for the global apparel and textiles industry.
STICA’s Action Learning Network
Companies participating in STICA’s action learning network commit themselves to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in line with 1.5 C warming pathway, as outlined by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Companies also commit to publicly reporting their progress on an annual basis and to working collaboratively in order to develop joint solutions for accelerating GHG reductions.
MinShed is a three year research project with the overall goal to create knowledge which will help the textile industry to design clothes made of synthetic fabrics which do not emit microplastics.
WargoTex Development will drive the development of large-scale systems and sorting technologies for reuse and recycling.
Varner partners with Better Cotton to improve cotton farming globally.
Varner is committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as ‘more sustainable cotton’ by 2025.’ ‘More sustainable cotton’ includes Better Cotton, organic cotton, Fairtrade cotton and recycled cotton.
Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products, however, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source.’
Better Cotton’s mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.
Better Cotton trains farmers to: use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing.
2016 marked the start of our journey with Better Cotton.
THE GREEN DOT
The Green Dot (Norwegian: Grønt Punkt) is the European license symbol of industry-funded systems responsible for recycling used packaging. Consumers who see the logo should know that the company of the product contributes to the cost of recovery and recycling.
A network for sharing the latest developments in restrictions and rules for chemicals. We have been a member of the group since 2012.
The project is about understanding the environmental behaviour and impacts of microplastic fibres (MPFs) in the aquatic environment, in order to develop a decision support framework that enables garment manufacturers to make environmentally informed choices in their material selection.
The Swan is the official Nordic ecolabel. The Swan logo demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice. We introduced the first Swan certified products to the market in 2015.
Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit organization that works to make the textile industry more sustainable. We became a member in 2016.
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
In January 2021, Varner signed a main collaboration agreement with Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The agreement as a main partner is the most significant form of partnership Doctors Without Borders enters into with business companies in Norway.
We plan for a long-term collaboration, and wish to include both employees and customers on this journey. Our main aim is to create a commitment and drive towards a bigger goal: To contribute to life-saving treatment for people affected by war, disasters and conflicts. We at Varner are proud to be a contributor to the important work done by Doctors Without Borders.
Fretex is the largest collector of used clothes and textiles in Norway and has operations internationally. We have since 2012 cooperated with Fretex for collection of overstocked goods, claims and used products.
We have take-back collection boxes in Dressmann, Bikbok and Cubus stores.
PLAN INTERNATIONAL NORWAY
An organization aimed to promote children’s right to health care, education, and protection from violence and abuse. Bik Bok have cooperated with Plan International Norway since 2011 since 2014 in the campaign Girls Right to Education.
SAVE THE CHILDREN
Ung Norge (and local branch Ung Oslo) is an organization working to ensure a good childhood for underprivileged children and adolescent. Dressmann has been cooperating with Ung Norge since 2012.
- Animal Welfare