CSR & QUALITY @ ERVE EUROPE
EVOLUTION AND INSIGHTS
Consumers finally realize that they have the power to influence these practices by choosing to buy fair products made with sustainable materials.
We at Erve Europe heartily applaud this change.
FORWARD-THINKING AND ACTING
Since the foundation of our company in 1985 (then called: Van der Erve NV) we have been focused on quality, compliance and sustainability.
We have always been a front-runner in this aspect.
We realize there is still a lot to be done across the board, and we are happy to see that our industry as a whole is moving in the right direction.
MAINTAIN QUALITY ASSURANCE
To maintain quality assurance, our products are subject to various safety measures and tests throughout the whole production process.
The entire process is coordinated by our Quality Assurance Department (QAD) in our headquarters in Brussels, as well as in our offices in Africa and the Far East.
QAD | OUR QUALITY IS YOUR PROTECTION
In order to guarantee the quality of our products, they are subject to various internal and external safety measures and tests.
Internal inspections are executed on clothing samples before, during and after production.
The following aspects are checked:
- fitting and sizes
- finishing of the required product
- wash & care labels
- safety of small decorative items and accessories, including EN 14682, which covers regulations
- concerning strings and cords in children's clothing.
Our sourcing offices in the Far East have their own Quality Assurance Departments, which carry out production inspections, taking into account the above aspects in accordance with the AQL standard. After the inspection, the products can be delivered to our customers.
Physical (color fastness and other physical properties) and chemical (analytical & ecological) tests are carried out by external laboratories such as:
Hohenstein , Centexbel , SGS , Intertek , Bureau Veritas and TÜV Rheinland.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Erve Europe takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously. This responsibility includes the organization’s economic, ecological and social behavior.
Within this framework, we make every effort to ensure that the working conditions in countries where our products are manufactured are improved, the efficiency of raw materials used in production is increased and the safety of our garments is optimized for the benefit of humans and the environment.
Our goal is to continuously improve our products' health and safety aspects. Quality is also guaranteed by the fact that all our suppliers have to comply with REACH legislation. We ensure that our products are certified in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
Regulations, certifications & memberships
Erve Europe meets all legal standards and is a member, partner or registered signatory of:
REACH, OEKO-TEX®, AMFORI BSCI, AMFORI BEPI, GOTS, ZDHC, BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE, among others.
We are actively involved to ban hazardous chemicals from our garments in order to protect humans, animals and the environment.
For further information: echa.europa.eu
Greenpeace requests textile and shoe manufacturers to obligate themselves for an improvement of the supply chain till 2020. The goal of the Detox-Commitment is to reduce the release of all hazardous substances to “zero”. Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) is a program for brand members to define and develop a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) for the apparel and footwear industry.
Further information: www.roadmaptozero.com
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
In addition to baby clothing, this mainly relates to textile like nightwear, underwear, daywear, swimwear and socks.
Further information: www.oeko-tex.com
STeP by OEKO-TEX®
STeP controls multiple areas of the process such as: management of chemicals, environmental performance, environmental management, occupational health and safety, social responsibility and quality management. It’s a comprehensive analysis of the sustainable management of our production facilities.
Erve is starting to implement STeP into its supply chain and has already selected vertical suppliers in all its production countries (China, India and Bangladesh). These suppliers are currently all in the process of becoming STeP certified.
The requirements and criteria of the STeP certification are specifically adapted to the situation in the textile and clothing industry.
More info: www.oeko-tex.com
We are members of the Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (Amfori BSCI). BSCI aims to improve working conditions, including rights like organizing an union, having safe working conditions and excluding forced and child labor.
Amfori BSCI strong code of conduct has 11 principles that support their members. These range from fair remuneration to no child labor, along with a step-by-step approach that enables companies to monitor, engage, get empowered and receive support to put sustainable trade at the heart of their business.
As a member of Amfori BSCI Erve Group expects all facilities engaged in its production process to comply with the BSCI Code of Conduct. Our facilities are controlled by 3rd parties and comply with BSCI code of conduct, our customers’ requests and those of our licensors.
Further information: www.amfori.org - bsci
Amfori BEPI covers a comprehensive scope of 11 environmental performance areas ranging from energy use and greenhouse gases to chemical management, and their clear four-step approach enables companies to drive continuous improvement through supply chain mapping and analysis, improving work and progress monitoring.
Erve Group suppliers have already completed BEPI self-assessments. Based on the assessment and the outcome of the detox audits we are continuously learning and improving the environmental performance of our suppliers worldwide.
Further information: www.amfori.org - bepi
COMPREHENSIVE RULES FOR ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TEXTILE PRODUCTION
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised worldwide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
With the introduction of the logo and labelling system the GOTS is already visible not only on the shelves of natural textile shops but amongst large-scale retailers and brand dealers as well. This is a milestone in consumer recognition and a strong acknowledgement of our reliable quality assurance concept.
Erve Europe is GOTS-certified.
Further information: www.global-standard.org
Erve is member of BCI and is implementing BCI step by step.
Official web site: www.bettercotton.org
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
The FSC-certified packaging is made with care for the environment, and raw materials come from responsible sources.
Simply put, by choosing products with FSC labels, consumers are helping to take care of the world’s forests.
There are three types of FSC on product labels:
The FSC 100% label means that the wood within the product comes completely from FSC-certified well-managed forests.
The FSC Recycled label means all the wood or paper in the product comes from reclaimed (re-used) material.
The FSC Mix label means the wood within the product is from FSC-certified forests, recycled material, or controlled wood.
More info: fsc.org
In order to protect future generations and to provide them with the opportunities they deserve, Erve Europe also proactively supports various organizations locally and abroad.
IRBC Agreements | Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile
The aim is to improve working conditions, prevent pollution, and promote animal welfare in production countries.
Erve is a registered signatory of the IRBC Agreement and is committed to achieve its goals.
At this moment we are focused on gaining more insights deeper into the supply chain, implementing STeP (chemical management) and acquiring specific knowledge about certain materials and their possible associated risks.
*IRBC Agreements: Agreements promoting International Responsible Business Conduct
More info: www.imvoconvenanten.nl
ACCORD has created a fire, electrical and building inspection standard. This standard is utilized for the inspections of all our factories in Bangladesh. ERVE GROUP is highly committed to creating safe and sustainable workplaces in Bangladesh. This is why VAN DER ERVE is a signatory of Accord since May 2013.Accord on Fire and Building Safety
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Never out of stock
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Never Out of Stock (NOS) programs for certain customers.
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