Social is the S in the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) model and for Brav it refers to the UN Sustainability Development Goal #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Brav is committed to creating a workplace of diversity, inclusion and mutual respect. Brav respects fundamental human rights in all of our business operations and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
Through our membership in Ethical Trade Norway, Brav has since 2005 been committed to carry out and report due diligence in our supply chain following UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD model for Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct for mapping, preventing, limiting and documenting how we deal with existing and potential negative consequences of our activities. How we manage risk in our operations to reduce negative impact and comply with laws and regulations. While we create financially sustainable growth.
We monitor and evaluate our suppliers integrating ESG as a part of the strategic fit, meaning that the suppliers should follow our goals and work towards improved ESG parameters. As illustrated here in our annual wheel, the monitoring and evaluation of suppliers is an ongoing process. Dealing with a global supply chain there are always potential risks of negative findings. To ensure that our business activities does not cause harm to people or planet, we have measures in place to monitor, track, cease, prevent or mitigate ESG risks.
About the Norwegian Transparency Act
The Act relates to enterprises’ transparency and works on fundamental human rights and decent working conditions. In force: July 1, 2022.
Norwegian text: Åpenhetsloven
English translated text: Transparency Act
The act sets out several legal requirements for businesses regarding responsible business conduct and social compliance. The requirements have earlier been considered as “soft law”, meaning that it is something that is generally expected by society that you “ought to” do, but that has not been legally required.
Purpose of the act:
The act is anchored in several international obligations such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, as well as the UN’s sustainability goals no. 8, 12, 13 and 17.
These goals are integrated into Brav’s main guiding principles for responsible business conduct.
You can read more about how we work under Due Diligence and Compliance.
Map of manufacturing sites:
Brav has suppliers in many countries. Here is an overview of the locations where our products are being produced.
70% comes from Asia and 40% of these from China. The remaining 30% is mainly Europe/Norway.
Supplier Due Diligence Risk Matrix:
All suppliers (manufacturers, raw material suppliers, service providers and business partners) in Brav are being risk assessed on a regular basis (see annual wheel under Due Diligence and Compliance). The risk assessments are based upon set criteria for the likelihood and severity of consequences of breaches to basic human rights and decent working conditions.
Dependent on the risk level, proper mitigation actions are put in place.
Red colour: High risk of breaches.
Yellow colour: Medium risk of breaches.
Green colour: Low risk of breaches.
The Employee Code of Conduct describes what is expected of each of us and mirrors our environmental, social and governing responsibility. It defines our commitments and requirements for ethical conduct in Brav and applies to all Employees and Board members in Brav.
The Brav Supplier Code of Conduct describes what is expected of our Suppliers and mirrors our environmental, social and governing responsibility.
It defines our commitments and requirements for ethical conduct in Brav and applies to all Suppliers to Brav.
All suppliers, service providers and business partners must sign and adhere to our Code of Conduct before entering into contractual agreements.
Our Brav Supplier Code of Conduct is also covering the complete policy for responsible business conduct.
The purpose of an open factory list is to promote transparency. We have had an open factory list for many years and it is also listed in NGO Future in our Hands open factory list (Fremtiden i våre hender).
Brav’s supplier/factory list is combined for all brands in Brav and consists of all suppliers/factories with a purchase of 500,000 NOK and above. These 98 suppliers/factories listed makes 99% of Brav spend. The supplier/factory list is updated yearly.
Brav Supplier/Factory List