Our mission is to contribute to giving people work opportunities and to improve the environment through re-use. We operate nationwide and are the largest vocational rehabilitation company and the largest secondhand chain store in Norway.
Fretex is an important part of the The Salvation Army’s social work in Norway.
Core values: Transparency, Love, Commitment, Profitability.
Our vision: We give people reason to believe in the future!
Fretex is the largest collector of used clothes and textiles in Norway, with over 3500 donation boxes especially designed for this purpose. Fretex also has 2 sorting facilities for receiving and handling clothes and textiles in Norway. Each year Fretex collects over 13 500 tons of clothes and textiles. Fretex also collects other used goods for re-sale. There are a total of 39 secondhand stores and 1 online store operated by Fretex in Norway. Our stores had a turnover in 2022 of 185 million NOK.
The textiles we can’t make use of in our business are exported and re-used in other countries, or re-made into clothes or products. Fretex International oversees the export to other customers, mainly in Europe, Pakistan and Iraq.
Fretex is an active member of the European Network of Reuse and Recycling (ENoR).
Every year, more than 4000 people participate in our various vocational rehabilitation programs. We have experienced vocational rehabilitation consultants who provide each job seeker with the appropriate guidance and consultancy required for their personal needs, goals, interests, characteristics, skills and portfolio. Through frequent meetings and dialogs with a consultant, the job seeker will become better equipped to create realistic plans and reach their goals. We also connect our candidates with employers. Fretex is a resourceful and safe place for employers to recruit from. We follow a strict procedure to secure great and thorough job match. In 2022, 1 979 people got a job or started an education through Fretex.
The work we do in Fretex Job is based on our Fretex-methodology. We believe that everyone can work, with the right guidance and aid. Our methodology is based on the ideas of self-advocacy, self-efficacy and Supported Employment.