Strategic suppliers. We work with around 150 suppliers in the textile sector. Fifty of these are strategic suppliers who cover approximately two-thirds of our total order volume. Most of these have been our close partners for many years and we pride ourselves on strong relationships defined by trust. They are our first point of contact when we test any new projects or instruments. Our sourcing teams and suppliers maintain a close and constant dialogue.
In crisis times when markets react with great uncertainty these partnerships are invaluable. During the global pandemic of 2020, we were quick to engage in frank discussions with our suppliers and we continue to do so today. Early on, we reassured them that no orders would be cancelled and we would still accept all finished goods. And we kept our promise.
Vendor scorecard. Our suppliers are key players when it comes to implementing change within the supply chain. As well as quality and profitability, sustainability topics such as transparency, social issues and environmental policies feature on vendor scorecards. Suppliers are graded in these categories and can score a maximum of 100%. A total of 30% of points are awarded for sustainability. It creates an incentive and rewards commitment by our partners. Positive results and potential for improvement are regularly discussed in talks with our suppliers.
Livingwages. Fair wages that not only safeguard livelihoods but facilitate social and cultural participation are a key instrument in improving conditions for workers in production countries. In future, we want to focus more closely on positive partners. As part of a broad expert circle, we discuss living wages and appropriate measures with other companies in the Otto Group. The subject has also been prioritised within the Textile Partnership.