Like many other garment companies, MASCOT has production of T-shirts and sweatshirts in Bangladesh. A few years ago, we produced some trial orders in the factory that collapsed in April 2013.
The amount was less than 10 orders, the last of which was produced in 2011. The last order was the minimum order quantity that the factory demanded for a trial order, 1500 pieces. In comparison, MASCOT produces more than 4 million garments per year.
MASCOT has by far, most of its production in its own factories in Vietnam – approx. 90% of the total garment production. Our own factories are CSR certified (SA8000 certified). The rest of our production takes place at subcontractors, often in Bangladesh, of which 90% of the subcontracted orders are produced by one supplier, with whom we have had a good cooperation for many years. This supplier is naturally a factory that lives up to the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles. The remaining production takes place in other factories, and the orders are limited. That was exactly the case with the sample orders produced by Phantom Tac in the textile building, Rana Plaza, which collapsed. We only produced a few trial orders because the quality of the goods we received was not up to our quality standards, which meant that MASCOT stopped the cooperation. The value of what was produced was so small that it cannot even be measured in per cent of MASCOT’s turnover.
When MASCOT initiates a cooperation with a new supplier, MASCOT orders an audit of the potential supplier from an independent institute. MASCOT’s audit is based on the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles, which include the working environment, age, salaries, etc. The audit took place in the collapsed factory back in 2010 (carried out by an independent agent from UL), and the factory was approved for production of trial orders.
The factory was approved by BSCI.
Until now, an evaluation of the construction of the buildings has not been a demand in MASCOT’s audit. But in the future, it will be. MASCOT is known for very strict requirements, and an evaluation of the buildings is a natural addition. MASCOT has already initiated an evaluation of the building foundation of the factory in which most of our Bangladesh goods are produced.
Like the rest of the world, we do hope that we shall never again experience a tragedy in the textile industry like the one at Rana Plaza.