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Everyday life – a day at the factory!

Spring 2017

We were back on the factory floor again - Sharon our Global Coordinator, Alex our Global Production Manager, and Anna the CSR Manager. Our various professional roles and professions makes us a good CSR team. Every time we are here, it becomes clear our products are handmade - something we are really proud of when we wander around the factory areas where we truly feel at home.

This time we talked with workers about our products - if they have in any way affected their lives. It has become clear that technological development will one day replace the human craftsmanship. When we meet everyone in the factories everything is visible and real. Our products combine work and pleasure for so many more people than we realize.

Below is a collection of comments and thoughts from our recent visit to give you an idea of “A day at the factory”.

“The factory need your products and that give us work. We are happy to have you here because it also means that we will have continued work. We constantly want to improve and develop ourselves and the factory. I am proud and pleased to be working with your products.”
- Mrs. Zhanghua zhen at the packaging factory

“I’ve been able to save money for many years thanks to Waboba. I’ve made enough to buy an apartment in my home town. For the moment, there is a new ball that is difficult to sew, it is large and difficult to grasp. I want to find a solution so that I can continue to sew.”
- Mrs. Gau Xiu Yen at the sewing factory

"It’s fun to work with your products. I like the ball and the packaging. The shape and the colours make me happy. "
- Mrs. Zhao ai Xiu at the packaging factory

"I figured out a faster, better and easier way to sew this ball. It has affected my work and of course the product in a good way. "
- Mrs. Huang at the sewing factory

“We think it’s fun to have you here. It encourages our work in a lot of different ways.”
- Mrs. Li Dingmei at the foam factory

“I work, earn money and feed my family. It is a bit difficult to speak with foreigners but I am glad to have you here”.
We also started to talk to each other about other things, how many times we have met and came to the conclusion that we are no longer strangers to each other. She also told us how she has become better at the craft since she started working the factory, and today she is actually teaching new workers!
- Mrs Lei Sanfeng in the foam factory

How it all started

After a few years of cooperation with our factories in China, we saw an opportunity to become more involved in the actual work and the conditions at the factories. We built a model based on CSR 2009 and has since then been visiting our factories twice a year.

Flip the cards and read more about our CSR work!

Acceptance

We find solutions and move forward together!

We help each other to see what needs to be in our production chain!

Our open discussions about new demands and possible improvements lead us to reality-based changes, built on mutual understanding and acceptance. Together we understand and accept the situation as it is and coordinate our efforts to improve it.

Transparency

We become more and more outspoken!

Every time we visit our factories, we get to know each other better. We are open-minded, with a strong integrity and deep respect for each other's business, cultures and traditions. This results in a natural transparency.

Cross cultures

We build bridges across our cultural differences!

By regularly visiting our factories, we learn more about the culture and the people where we manufacture our products. We are a global company with a strong will to use the capacity of different cultures. Our cross cultural teams use the cultural and personal differences as a mean to increase our openness to new thoughts and become better at finding new solutions.

Development

We help each other to develop our products!

Our long-standing cooperation has led to a growing and natural interest in and knowledge of our products. When we meet, we talk and exchange experiences that are useful in the product development process. We integrate our businesses and workflows in a way that help us all.

Win-Win

We and our products stands for continuity!

We keep working with the same factories, that way we improve our mutual understanding of reality and demands. The factories know our products, our demands and wishes. We help each other to improve workplaces, environment and product capacity.

Sustainability

We all work together as a team!

Everyone who works for, or in the company – helps build long term sustainability at many levels. We believe that our step by step CSR work, benefits everyone. Relations and the mutual dependence, is something we build over time. These sustainable relationships make us all better!

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