Odd Molly is concerned about its fellow humans and the environment - and how these may be affected by the company’s operations. Since its inception in 2002, Odd Molly has prided itself on being a good world citizen and accepting responsibility for its business relations.
Odd Molly is a member of Fair Wear Foundation, a non-profit independent organisation, working together with its members to improve the labour conditions in factories within the textile industry. As a member, Odd Molly has undertaken to comply with the Fair Wear Foundation’s Code of Labour Practices and to continuously push the supplier towards improvements. Together with the audit teams from Fair Wear, we make regular inspections at the factories producing our garments.
During 2012 we have been working to follow up on the corrective action plans to secure that real improvements are made. We have also made the first audit in Morocco, in a knitwear factory. This means that we have now audited 90 % of our production volume which is in the threshold after three years of membership.
Odd Molly believes that long term and tight cooperation with our suppliers is very positive for both parties. Some of our suppliers have been with us since the company started, and most of them for many seasons. We visit each supplier on regular basis, normally twice a year. This close relationship helps us a lot to make the suppliers understand the importance and the benefits of implementing the Code of Labour Practices.
For more detailed information, please read the Social Report from 2012, that will be found on Downloads. You can also visit the website www.fairwear.org
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The textile industry has a big impact on the environment, using huge volumes of water and chemicals. Thus Odd Molly aims to be a sustainable alternative for our customers and work continuously towards improvements. We believe that even if there is a long way to go, a small step is better than nothing. One of our base values is that we don't work with "fast fashion" - we hope that each garment we produce shall be loved and used for many seasons.
Choice of Materials
When selecting materials for our garments we have a choice - we can use a more or less sustainable fibre. At the same time the yarn or the fabric must meet our requirements in terms of design and quality. Even though we don't have a high percentage of sustainable fibres in the collection today, we aim to increase the figure as fast as possible.
During 2012 we have been working together with MADE-BY, an European not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry and make sustainability common practice. Together with them we have set up a plan for how we in the future collections can use more sustainable materials.
To learn more about Made-By please visit www.made-by.org.
A huge challenge for the textile industry is the world's declining access to clean water. To contribute to a better and more efficient water management in the factories we use, Odd Molly was 2010 one of 34 Swedish companies who formed Sweden Textile Water Initiative together with Stockholm International Water Institute. The project has been a learning process around water issues in the supply chains of textile and leather retailers with the aim of producing guidelines for sustainable water management, from thread and leather to product. By developing guidelines for sustainable water use in the production and manufacturing processes of textiles and leather, we aim to contribute to wiser water management in our supply chain. The first version of the guide is now ready, and the member companies will start to work with it towards their suppliers. For more information, please visit www.stwi.se.
All Odd Molly’s suppliers have to sign our lists of Restricted Chemicals, following the REACH legislation within the EU. To make sure that all suppliers are following the rules, we test our materials at accredited laboratories. Odd Molly is also a member of “Kemikaliegruppen” within the Swedish research centre SWEREA, supporting textile companies in their management of chemicals within their supply chain.
Odd Molly does not use what is classified as ”real fur”, only skins from animals that have been bred for the food industry. Examples are skin and fur from sheep, goat, cow, alpaca and reindeer. Odd Molly is since November 2012 a member of "Fur Free Retailers program".
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The merino wool yarns used by Odd Molly are MULESING FREE since it comes from South Africa, where the method "mulesing" not is used.
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