our suppliers must commit themselves to our MEY RSL (restricted substance list).
89% of our suppliers are located in Europe, 8% are in Asia, 1% are in South America and the remaining 2% are in Turkey. Our suppliers share our take on social, environmental and economic values. That is not only based on personal contact on site, but also on written values such as our Mey Terms (purchasing conditions), Code of Conduct and legal provisions. Approximately 70% of our suppliers have already committed themselves to observing our MEY RSL.
We adapted our Mey Terms in 2019. They ensure optimal compliance with our quality and sustainability criteria. The Mey Terms include not only technical specifications and quality guidelines, but also our Code of Conduct, which requires safe working conditions and environmental protection. Another essential factor is the honest and transparent communication of data in a business partnership.
The legal foundations and the International Labour Organization (ILO) form the guidelines for our collaboration. The supplier will particularly comply with the standards from the ILO regarding social and responsible economic activities and will conclude appropriate agreements with any upstream suppliers or sub-suppliers and also with further subcontractors. All of our approximately 120 suppliers, CMT (Cut Make Trim) partners and FM (Full Merchandise) partners must comply with the Mey Terms and commit themselves to complying with our values and guidelines.
How chemicals are handled is very important to protect consumers and every individual involved as well as the environment during the production phase. To help our suppliers, Mey has developed a minimum standard for suppliers that primarily applies to consumer safety regarding chemicals in finished products. The RSL is a minimum requirement for suppliers to ensure compliance with Mey Standards. The RSL includes all effective restrictions such as limit values and bans that apply to textiles (including textile raw materials, intermediate textile products and membranes), leather and textile accessories made of metal or other non-metal materials. The Mey RSL was developed in collaboration with bluesign®, the world’s strictest standard for clean textile production.
CMT (Cut Make Trim) and FM (Full Merchandise) partners must produce in the
countries considered non-critical by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) or present
a BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)/FWF certificate.
The three Mey locations in Germany (Albstadt), Portugal (Celorico de Beira) and Hungary (Veresegyház) are in Europe, which means they are subject to the strictest provisions in terms of social and environmental standards.
More than 80% of our CMT operations (contractors, partners, sewing workshops) are located in countries that are classified as non-critical by the FWF and approximately 65% of Mey’s FM partners can present a BSCI certificate.
Why isn’t Mey part of the Fair Wear Foundation? We consider the FWF to be positive and find the certificate worthwhile. To become a member and receive the corresponding certification, however, the FWF requires that at least 50% of the work performed is carried out in critical countries and that the corresponding provisions are upheld there. The fact that such a high percentage of our production is carried out in non-critical countries means we cannot be certified by the FWF.