Attached to every Fonnesbech item is one of the symbols below. Each symbol illustrates how the particular item is responsibly made.




Our organic symbol illustrates that the main fabric or the raw material content of the main fabric is organic. Organic fibers or garments are made avoiding harsh chemicals and pesticides.



This symbol illustrates that the item is made from recycled fibers. Examples of recycled garments used in the collections are the “New Life” fabric made from recycled plastic bottles collected in Northern Italy and heavy cotton made from recycled yarns from post-consumer jeans.


Skin Worthy

All items with the Skin Worthy symbol are made from garments that hold a reliable certificate. This could for example be the Oeko-Tex or the GOTS standard (Global Organic Textile Standard). The certificates and standards ensure among other things that the garments are free of harmful chemicals.


Made in EU

We have made the deliberate choice to have the production placed within the European Union. By using manufactures within the European Union our factories are following EU legislation regarding minimum wage, working conditions, human rights etc.



Fair illustrates that the factories are following Fonnesbech’s code of conduct. See Fonnesbech’s code of conduct below.


The re-launch of the Fonnesbech brand enabled us to incorporate a sustainable way of thinking into our DNA from the start. The Fonnesbech heritage dictates social responsibility and the sense of looking forward.

At Fonnesbech, our focus is on the ’sustainable wardrobe’. By this we mean a smaller wardrobe with timeless quality items, which can be used in a flexible way. To achieve this goal, the key elements are: longevity and multipurpose functionality combined with the best sustainable materials. For us it is important that sustainability becomes an integral part of the design process.

Our efforts were acknowledged and awarded with the ELLE MAGAZINE CSR STYLE AWARD 2015 and a nomination again in 2017.

It is a challenge to work with sustainability because of its complex nature and the various opinions related to the subject. At Fonnesbech, we see sustainability as a journey, where we thrive to embed sustainability gradually in our approach moving forward. We wish to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system and therefore we back the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment and have signed the commitment with the following action points:

Action Point 1 – Implementing design strategies for cyclability: By 2020, we will improve our sustainable brand even further by advancing our circular design principles through increasing the use of upcycling by 20% within our collection.

Action Point 4 – Increasing the use of recycled textile fibres: By 2020, 20% of our products will be made from recycled post-consumer textile fibres.

Please follow the link to read more about the Global Fashion Agenda


We strive to use certified suppliers when possible. We prefer to use organic and recycled/upcycled materials when possible. However, we will only substitute to organic or recycled materials if the fabrics have identical or better properties. This is an active choice, done to ensure the quality of the products and hence ensuring that the end-user will enjoy and keep the garments longer.



Oeko tex is a trademark that guarantees a garment has been produced to pose no risk to either health or the environment. The Oeko-Tex standard is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end-products at all stages of production with the aim of completely eliminating harmful substances.

Fonnesbech silk styles are all Oeko-tex certified.

Recycled polyester Newlife (Newlife)

Newlife is a product of an ambitious project developed by Filature Miroglio in Italy. This technologically innovative platform is certified through a comprehensive production approach and offers a wide range of excellent quality, high performance recycled polyester yarn, made from post-consumption plastic bottles collected in northern Italy. The end product is a yarn that is fully derived from fully recycled plastic bottles using a mechanical and not chemical process along the whole supply chain.

Fonnesbech Newlife styles are all Oeko-tex certified.



Global organic textile standard (GOTS)

The global organic textile standard (GOTS) is recognized, as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain. It also requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers, can become GOTS certified.

Fonnesbech organic cotton shirting styles are all GOTS certified.

The majority of the Fonnesbech wool styles are GOTS certified, with the exception of the coats, which in AW15 are a blend of recycled cashmere and wool.


Fonnesbech made the deliberate choice to have the production placed within the European Union. By using manufacturing within the European Union, we have some certainty, that the factories are following EU legislation regarding minimum wage, working conditions etc.

The choice of using countries within the European Union will also limit the amount of CO2 emissions, as transport distances are shorter when comparing with transport to and from Asia.

The factories are chosen based on their technical ability to produce high quality confection. Many of the factories are for example using “pattern placing” software to eliminate unnecessary waste and efficient cutting equipment, which can cut several layers in one motion.

Finally, all factories have signed the Fonnesbech Code of Conduct, which is heavily influenced by the NICE framework.



Fonnesbech are licensed to use all original Ginetex washing symbols in our care labels. We agree with the washing instructions and we encourage following these guidelines. To reduce the environmental impact, we test all garments in our collections to illustrate the most optimal choice of care.

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DAFI's ethical Charter

Fonnesbech is compliant with the regulations and values in the Danish fashion Industry’s ethical charter.

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At Fonnesbech sustainability is an approach to doing business. We aim to incorporate responsibility throughout the entire value chain – in all processes, solutions and outlooks. Fonnesbech identifies the need for a thorough and complete supply chain transparency. Fonnesbech strives to make the notion of sustainability and responsibility mandatory in all aspects of the design process and will work actively to further the innovative agenda where design goes hand in hand with sustainable awareness.

Fonnesbech believes that disclosure and mutual trust between suppliers and retailers is the way forward and should always be a cornerstone in any supplier/buyer relationship. This Code of Conduct aims to secure a fair situation for all businesses, people and animals involved as Fonnesbech believes that this serves a viable, respectful and long-term purpose.

By signing this Code of Conduct, companies involved working with Fonnesbech, declare to follow United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). UNGC is an UN-based strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Principle 1 – Human rights

Respecting human rights is the core of making a viable and sustainable business. Everyone that works for or with Fonnesbech should be treated with dignity and respect. The supplier warrants to respect and support and not to violate internationally declared human rights understood, at a minimum, as those expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles concerning Fundamental rights set out in the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

Principle 2 – Labour standards

All women and men should be treated fairly at work. Human rights and nondiscrimination should be supported and respected.

The supplier and subcontractors must comply with the The International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions’ recommendations regarding the minimum age for workers, which is generally the maximum age for compulsory schooling and child labour. Reference on this issue is made to: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ILO Convention No. 138 on Minimum Age, ILO Convention No. 182 Worst Forms of Child Labour.

Principle 3 – Health and Safety

Fonnesbech and the companies that work with Fonnesbeh should work proactively to minimize work-related risks and hazards. Securing health and safety of employees and partners are very important. Workers working with hazardous chemicals should be informed about the risks and should be trained for such work.

Principle 4 – Environment

The supplier warrants that national environmental laws and regulations are complied with at all times. Fonnesbech and its partners must continuously work toward a cleaner and more environmentally friendly production process, in order to secure a minimization of negative consequences for the environment. The supplier and subcontractors must choose the most environmentally friendly goods, raw materials, methods and/or technology applicable in all its operations, with respect to the ordered quality. The supplier cannot outsource its negative environmental consequences to the subcontractors, hence the supplier is responsible for the environment in the production line which the supplier is directly or indirectly involved. Fonnesbech will to the extent possible and reasonable support the development and use of cleaner technologies and procedures upon request from the supplier.

Principle 5 – Anti-corruption

Corruption is a major hindrance to development and fair competition and should be eliminated in all its forms.

Principle 6 – Ethical relations

Fonnesbech regards the protection and respect of animals as very important. The supplier and subcontractors warrant that they adopt the same view and stance. No animal must deliberately be harmed or exposed to pain. Taking the lives of animals must at all times be conducted by trained personnel using the quickest and least painful and non-traumatic methods available. These must be approved by trained veterinarians and conducted by competent personnel.