Regulations, certifications & memberships
Our quality is your protection
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.
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.
Corporate social responsibility
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.
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.
This is coordinated internally by our Social Compliance Department, which monitors and supervises our agents in Africa and the Far East. Erve Europe has signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in order to promote a safe production environment.
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.
QADQUALITY ASSURANCE DEPARTMENT
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 .
REACHREACH is a guideline for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals stipulated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). By introducing REACH, the ECHA has simplified and improved European legislation concerning the use of chemicals in clothing production.
We are actively involved in the quest to ban hazardous chemicals from our garments in order to protect humans, animals and the environment.
We aim to achieve this by informing our suppliers about any new requirements in REACH legislation that they have to comply with and by regularly testing products for banned chemicals.
For further information: echa.europa.eu
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100When it comes to the health of humans, animals and the environment, we aim to achieve the highest possible level of product quality. Legal requirements do not always suffice, so we try to certify as many articles as possible in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
In addition to baby clothing, this mainly relates to textile like nightwear and underwear.
Further information: www.oeko-tex.com
Amfori BSCIIMPROVING SOCIAL PERFORMANCE IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
In a global marketplace, supply chains are becoming increasingly complex. It’s now more necessary than ever for companies to improve visibility over their production – and to drive improvements across their supply chains wherever possible. Since 2003, amfori BSCI has enabled companies to trade with purpose by improving social performance in their supply chain.
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.
Further information: www.amfori.org - bsci
Amfori BEPIIMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
In today’s fast-moving global markets, businesses are being asked to address environmental challenges in their direct operations and across their supply chain. At the same time, society is demanding greater transparency and accountability. Amfori BEPI was founded in 2013 and provides a comprehensive range of services that enable companies to drive focused environmental improvements in their supply chain and to trade with purpose.
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.
Further information: www.amfori.org - bepi
GOTSGLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
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.
Since its introduction in 2006 the Global Organic Textile Standard has already demonstrated its practical feasibility. Supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, it has gained universal recognition, enabling processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets.
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.
Further information: www.global-standard.org
ZDHCZERO DISCHARGE OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
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
Better Cotton InitiativeBCI is
• a major global industry-wide initiative
• about improving productivity
• working to deliver measurable improvement.
BCI is not
• a certification standard but focuses on continuous improvement
• a consumer eco-logo but a responsible sourcing program
• trying to lift farmers out of poverty but working to improve their well-being.
BCI is a responsible sourcing program.
Better Cotton Initiative is not physically traceable through the supply chain hence it does not allow content claims to be made on products.
Further information: Better Cotton Initiative (van der Erve pdf)
Official web site: www.bettercotton.org
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