Its certifications, labels & charter
Thanks to its culture, its will to change purchasing behaviour, its labour ethics and global commitment, SOL’S boasts the largest number of certifications in the sector.
For several years now, SOL’S has also been the only brand to have put its promises in writing through a charter. SOL’S Commitments Charter details the brand’s actions and certifications and can be downloaded from the sols-europe.com website. It has been widely distributed among retailers and distributors throughout the 60 countries in which SOL’S is present.
• ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION
In 2014, SOL’S secured the ISO 9001 : 2008 standard certification for its “Creation and Design in France of promotional products marketed in France and internationally” activity.
With this voluntary initiative, SOL’S becomes one of the first European enterprises of the industry to demonstrate its commitment towards quality, to benefit its customers, distributors, resellers and end consumers.
The ISO 9001 : 2008 standard sets out the requirements for quality management systems. Based on a thorough audit of the processes implemented by the enterprise, it certifies both its ability to regularly provide a product meeting the requirements of its clients and its commitment to a process of continuous improvement aiming to increase client satisfaction, whilst complying with all legal and regulatory frameworks.
• FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION
For over 15 years, SOL’S has developed high ethical and social values and since the 1st of June 2014 it is continuing its efforts with the Fair Wear Foundation with a commitment to respect and to ensure in its factories the following standards:
FWF LABOUR STANDARDS
Employment is freely chosen
No discrimination in employment
No exploitation of child labour
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Payment of a living wage
Reasonable hours of work
Safe and healthy working conditions
A legally binding employment relationship
By affiliating with the Fair Wear Foundation, SOL'S also commits to make improvements that tend toward social norms (bring concrete improvements in labor standards in collaboration with plant managers), based on an action plan approved by the Fair Wear Foundation. Each year, SOL'S commits to provide a status report and noted improvements to the Fair Wear Foundation.
For futher information : www.fairwear.org
• SOL’S OEKO-TEX® CERTIFICATION: non-toxic dyes and consumer safety
Right from the beginning, SOL’S has insisted that dyes that are toxic to the skin and environment should not be used in its factories.
SOL’S has obtained OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certification under number CQ 1094/1 for its T-shirts, polo shirts, fleece jackets and sweaters, under number CQ 1094/2 for its towels and under number CQ 1094/3 for its T-shirts in cotton/elastane white and dyed.
• OBSERVANCE OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION: a normal and natural obligation as far as SOL’S is concerned
In its partner factories, SOL’S makes sure the Geneva Convention is strictly observed. In order to achieve this, frequent and regular audits are carried out every year. SOL’S has made sure that its partners, in Bangladesh in particular, strictly respect the minimum working age of 18, seeing as the Geneva Convention merely limits the legal age to 14 or 16, depending on the countries that have signed the Convention.
SOL’S has been granted PLATINUM level WRAP social compliance certification by one of its main suppliers.
• SOL’S AND THE REACH STANDARD: in collaboration with the French Textiles Institute
In total compliance with the standard, SOL’S & the French Textiles and Clothing Institute* are in close collaboration thanks to an agreement that aims to establish toxicological and regulatory specifications. (*IFTH: Institut Français du Textile et de l’Habillement)
These specifications take into account the rules and regulations in force, and European REACH regulations in particular.
As European importers, our obligations depend on the observance of restrictions imposed by REACH regulations regarding our articles and customer information regarding the possible presence of a substance of very high concern as soon as we receive updates, (SVHC on the candidate list for authorization) whenever concentrations exceeds 0.1%.
All REACH-related information is available on the ECHA (the European Chemical Agency) website: echa.europa.eu
• ORGANIC EXCHANGE 100 STANDARD CERTIFICATION: SOL’S & the environment
SOL’S has taken a stand in favour of environmental friendliness by developing its own range of articles produced through organic farming:
SOL’S has also opted for an approach based on ORGANIC EXCHANGE 100 standard certification thanks to Control Union, an organization of global repute, in view of obtaining and guaranteeing this standard.
The Control Union Certifications programme guarantees the traceability and compliance of articles marketed and produced through organic farming, and that no GMOs have been used to produce those articles.
SOL’S certification has been granted under number CU815208 for the following articles: ORGANIC MEN – ORGANIC WOMEN – ORGANIC KIDS – ORGANIC REEF MEN - ORGANIC REEF WOMEN