Veva

Welcome at Veva

Profile of CONTIGO’s partner Veva

Chiang Mai to Göttingen (Source: Google Earth)

Products

Silver jewellery

Location

Chiang Mai, Thailand – distance to Europe: 8,300km

Founded in 2006

History

  • 2006: Founded by Mrs. Saipin Vanichmongkol (sales and marketing) and Mrs. Sainamphung Chundakowsol
  • Veva is established as brand name for their jewellery collections
  • 2010: CONTIGO meets Veva during an international fair, thereafter Veva comes to see CONTIGO
  • Spring 2012: CONTIGO starts working with Veva
  • 2013: Buying and moving into a new production building
  • 2015: Collapse of the European market leads to decrease in turnover (increasing prices for raw material, Euro crisis)
  • Development of new jewellery ranges, e.g. „Mini“ range, in order to offer affordable jewellery for customers

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2012

Structure of the business

Number of employees:Veva13

  • 31 employees (20 women and 11 men)
    • 60% of employees have worked at Veva for more than 5 years
  • Cooperation with 3 subcontractors and one other supplier for silver casting

Work organisation:

 Main workshop:

  • Administration
  • Product design
  • Manufacturing and finishing of sample models (in wax and metal)
  • Preparation of the models for silver casting
  • Handling and finishing of silber jewellery after silver casting: cleaning, polishing or matt-finishing, silvering, gilding, gemstones are inserted
  • Production is devided into different processes and organised in groups (coordinated by a production manager). In 2016  the former routing slip in hardcopy form is replaced by a computer program.
  • Quality control
  • Packing and despatch

Work environment:

  • Modern equipment of workstations with the necessary protections
  • Well-ventilated and well-lit work spaces
  • Well-equipped kitchen is located on-site where lunch can be prepared
  • In addition: catering service for lunch
  • 1 common room for lunch break

Sales

  • Home market (10%): Products are sold via own shops at domestic airports
  • Exports (90%) to England, Germany, Spain, China, USA, and Panama

Goals

  • To create stable and well-paid jobs
  • To offer further job qualifications and personality education for all employees
  • To stabilise international trade relations

Special features

Why does CONTIGO work with Veva:  Veva is a family company with “heart and hand “. CONTIGO appreciates Veva’s strong commitment for training and educating of their employees and the effort to provide a safe perspective. Veva stands for innovative and high-quality products and constant product developement. Veva understands like hardly anybody that quality is the key to success.

Fairtrade classification

FTA PLUS = Fairtrade Approved PLUS

 

Fairtrade aspects

Veva complies with the following Fairtrade Principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV 

Different minorities from Myanmar and Thailand, as well as people with disabilities work at Veva.

Fair wages

  • Average wage in this sector/region: THB 9,000/month (THB = Baht)
  • Salaries at Veva:
    • Skilled worker: Average wage
    • Specialists (e.g. sample maker): up to THB 16,800
  • Monthly salaries are remitted to bank accounts
  • Payment of bonuses
  • Higher wages in case of overtime (150% of normal wages)

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 5 days/week
  • 1 lunch break (1 hour)

Social benefits:

  • Paid holidays (max. 31 days, depends on seniority of employee; special feature: 1 extra holiday for Chinese New Year)
  • Maternity leave: salary of 1,5 months before birth is paid by Veva, salary of 1,5 months after birth is paid by social insurances
  • Payment of contributions to governmental health insurance and social security system. Employer and employee pay each 5 % of the salary
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness or accident (30 days)
  • Commuting allowance (partial)
  • Working gear allowance
  • Payment of yearly health check ups
  • Free drinking water
  • Lunch fee, daily THB 25

Educational opportunities:

  • Thorough initial trainings for new employees
  • Offer of health and security trainings

Occupational safety:

  • All safety standards are met

Transparency

  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • Pay slips are available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO

Monitoring

  • Personal visits in Chiang Mai (2010, 2012, 2016)
  • Feedback interview during several visits in Germany

 

Country information

See Encyclopaedia Britannica: Thailand 

 

Photos

Visiting Veva in Chiang Mai (2016):

 

Visiting Veva in Chiang Mai (2012):

     

   

Author: Janina Lange on 29. June 2016
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