Mango’s ‘code of practice for manufacturers and production workshops’ is based on International Labour Organisation (ILO) agreements. It can be found on the company’s website.
Mango’s website and Sustainability Report 2015 do not make any reference to the payment of living wages to workers in supplier factories.
Mango does not publish a list of its supplier factories
P.47 of Mango’s Sustainability Report 2015 summarises how the company checks whether its supplier factories are following its ethical code:
‘Given the nature of our production system, we have quality control teams which periodically visit the different factories, carrying out both quality control and any other aspect related to production. While carrying out said monitoring, our experts check whether any aspect of our Code of Conduct is being breached.’
P.47 of the same report also notes that once a factory has been chosen to produce for a collection, auditing practices include:
‘Selection of a sample of employees included on the personnel lists who work directly on the production line, who will be interviewed on all aspects of our Code of Conduct.’
Mango’s Code of Conduct for suppliers also states:
‘In order to attain this objective, manufacturers will authorize the Mango Group to carry out checks, either themselves or through a third party, for the monitoring of the application of this code. In addition it will provide supervisors with access to documentation and to all the necessary means to do so. These audits may be carried out either according to schedule or without prior warning.’
P.48-49 of Mango’s Sustainability Report 2015 summarise the results of the company’s latest checks on supplier factories.
Mango’s Code of Conduct for suppliers states:
‘A copy of this code will be displayed at the main personnel entrances and exits of the installations of the manufacturer, both in English and in the local language. The copy mentioned will include a contact mail address at Mango in case any worker wishes or needs to make use of it.’
We asked Mango about this and they told us in an email dated 20 April 2012:
‘We carry on social audits in our suppliers of garments, accessories, the suppliers of raw materials, fabrics, trimmings (like zippers, buttons…) , etc…’
P.55 of Mango’s Sustainability Report 2015 states that the company has launched a clothes recycling project in stores in Spain, though not yet in the UK. The report notes:
‘At the end of the year (2015), MANGO launched a pilot project to collect clothing in stores in the Barcelona region. In line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), MANGO is extending its responsibility as a producer of textile waste and offering its customers the opportunity to give their clothing and footwear, of any brand, a second opportunity and in turn close the textile waste circuit…In 2016, we are planning to roll-out the pilot project in Spain’.
P.63 of Mango’s Sustainability Report 2015 states:
‘In 2015 MANGO started to offer sustainable garments by introducing organic cotton in its MANGO and MANGO Baby collections.’
The Mango Detox Solution Commitment describes how the company is ‘committed to zero discharges of all hazardous chemicals from the whole lifecycle and all production procedures that are associated with the making and using of all products Mango sells(5) by 01 January 2020’.