The helsa seal for safety and responsibility
28.02.2017 helsanews, helsainside

Promoting a culture of responsibility

The helsa Compliance and Safety Standard

 

What do you think of when you hear the word “fashion”? Does Kate Moss or Gisele Bündchen come to mind? Perhaps Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld? Or does the idea of fashion make you want to go bargain-hunting? Do you envision yourself digging through the bargain counter in search yet another great deal? Does the mere thought of trendy clothing give you goose pimples? Or do images of crumbling sewing factories in Bangladesh, exploited children and deplorable working conditions for meagre wages suddenly spring to mind? 

Whatever your opinion of it, fashion and people’s need to clothe themselves is as old as the human race itself. The desire to protect oneself from rain and cold is soon overshadowed by fashion aspects and the quality of the materials used. Our ancestors also understood the hard work and effort that went into producing garments. The path from planting flax to the finished linen shirt was paved with time-consuming, hard work for countrywomen. But who contemplates how difficult it is to manufacture outfits in the era of fast fashion? Chemical fabrics and highly automated processes notwithstanding, even today many hands are needed to sew and work in order to get the latest trends on the sales racks. 

 

Consumers’ demands that the “many hands” in Bangladesh or Myanmar, in Vietnam or Cambodia are able to work in humane and safe conditions are growing louder. 

helsa, a leading manufacturer of clothing accessories such as shoulder pads, sleeve head rolls, facing silk and interlinings, supplies fashion labels around the globe. An internationally operating manufacturing apparatus with locations in Asia such as Cambodia, China, Turkey and India is the prerequisite for this business. 

This is precisely why, for all these years, we have measured our success not only in financial terms but have also made compliance with legal and voluntary rules and regulations and our commitment to protect employees around the world and preserve the environment an integral part of our company policy. At helsa we are committed to acting in a humane and environmentally friendly manner.

The question as to how helsa can continue to meet these stringent demands is a justified one.

Here are three reasons why we are confident that we can.

  1. helsa only manufactures its products in its own production facilities and can control and take responsibility for every aspect here including social standards, working hours, production methods and the use of raw materials. It is common practice in the clothing industry in general to work with subcontractors over whose working conditions manufacturers have no control.
  2. The helsa Code of Conduct is a clear guiding principle that ensures all of our actions conform with legal regulations and sets out the conditions for ethical actions in every helsa plant.
  3. The helsa Safety and Compliance Standard (hCSS)  is an instrument helsa developed to ensure that the ethical, social and ecological standards we desire and demand are implemented, continuously improved and regularly inspected in all of our plants. The hCSS defines specific requirements from the four areas people, machines, buildings and general that every helsa plant must meet and that are audited on an annual basis.

 

All helsa products worldwide meet the REACH and OEKO-TEX standards.

For more information on hCSS, please read: 

 

 

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