Membership and cooperation

Combining and using our strengths in order to facilitate responsible business.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative is working globally to improve working conditions everywhere. New Wave Group has been a member of the BSCI since 2012, and has implemented the BSCI Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is based on the following, internationally accepted, standards for suppliers:

  • UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations
  • UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • UN Global Compact
  • OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is a legally binding contract that was drafted to improve fire and building safety, as well as working conditions, in the textile industry in Bangladesh. The accord includes inspections, fire safety training, as well as effective restoration and renovation.

The Brands Ethical Working Group is a group of around 25 international brands that have clothing produced in India. The forum is trying to exert joint influence at the sector level in the matter of the 'Sumangali system’, in which young girls are exploited systematically. It also offers a platform to share knowledge about topics that are of particular national importance, such as working from home, or the implementation of new minimum wages in the Bangalore area.

Buyersforum, Dhaka, Bangladesh consists of 20 multinationals and is coordinated with the help of IFC-SEDF, part of the World Bank Group. The forum is working on workers’ rights, grey areas in local labor legislation, and is trying to create a consensus in order to tackle these issues with a collective voice. Some other initiatives include the development of a joint safety and health checklist for factories in order to meet buyers’ demands.

The CSR Forum (Shanghai, China) consists of buyers from various industries that discuss current events related to sustainable business practices. They share their knowledge and experience in monitoring suppliers and successfully creating sustainable projects.

Clean Shipping Index is a non-profit organization focusing on encouraging the shipping industry to strive for environmentally friendly transport. Some of the largest companies in Europe are members of the organization. Using the index, load owners can calculate and minimize their ecological footprint.

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a non-profit organization focusing on improving working conditions in factories all over the world. The FLA performs independent inspections at suppliers that New Wave Group (Cutter & Buck) works with.


Companies in the promotional products sector have been united by powerful organizations. Both the PPP and the BAPP endorse the Code of Conduct in the promotional products sector, which includes, among other things, compliance with (local) laws and regulations. They also strive towards the protection and emancipation of all personnel working within the industry. Additionally, relationships are based on the principle of honest and sincere business at all times.

Oeko-Tex is an organization that consists of 14 textile research and testing institutes in Europe and Japan, with an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediates and finished products. The goal of the criteria catalog is to equalize the global differences regarding the assessment of possible harmful substances in textiles. Oeko-Tex tests on harmful substances always focus on the actual use for textiles. The more intense the contact with human skin of a product is, the stricter the human ecological requirements that have to be met are.

Sedex; Supplier Ethical Data Exchange provides knowledge management for monitoring and improving ethical and responsible trade activities in the global supply chain. By creating safe, user-friendly data, they offer transparency into the global production process that New Wave Group is part of. SeDeX focuses on four key areas: Labor Standards, Health & Safety, The Environment and Business Ethics.

SGS; Societe Generale de Surveillance. A multinational firm that performs inspections and verifications of sold goods regarding quantity, weight and quality with respect to various health, safety and legal standards. Checks consist of regular and random chemical tests, and continuous assessment of products.

Textile Exchange is a non-profit organization focusing on minimizing the harmful effects of the global textile industry, and maximizing its positive effects. Together with New Wave Group and other organizations, they focus on responsible growth of the global sustainable textile industry, with special emphasis on biological cotton.

The Textile Importers Association in Sweden protects the interests of its members regarding the free import of textiles, clothing, leather products and shoes, and is working actively for the EU in order to abolish all import restrictions. The association provides current information about all import-related issues.

The Swedish Chemicals Group is managed by Swerea IVF, a leading global research group that plays a vital part in the Swedish innovation system. Through this network, we receive the most up-to-date information about chemical legislation and developments.

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions of Chemicals. It is the EU legislation regarding chemical management, which took effect on 1 June, 2007. The ordinance’s goal is to regulate the use of chemicals and chemical mixtures, but it can also be applied to chemicals used in products.

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), in collaboration with Cutter & Buck, is a voluntary initiative of the American CBP (Customs and Border Protection) aimed to improve the relationship between suppliers, as well as to increase border security.