We want to have a very clear understanding of our supply chain and knowing all of the suppliers involved in making our clothes, from start to finish. And on top of that, making sure to only partner up with those suppliers that adhere to fair and ethical practices, such as conforming to the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and beyond.
Fair trade means that 100% of the collection should be produced under good working conditions. Good working conditions comply with the internationally recognized Standards of the ILO International Labour Organisation through the United Nations:
- 1. Employment is freely chosen (ILO Conventions No. 29 and 105)
- 2. No discrimination (ILO Conventions No. 100 and 111)
- 3. No child labor (ILO Conventions No. 138 and 182)
- 4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (ILO Conventions No. 87, 98, 135 and 154)
- 5. Payment of Living Wage (ILO Conventions No. 95 and 131)
- 6. Reasonable Hours of Work (ILO Conventions No. 1, 14, 30, 106)
- 7. Safe and Healthy working conditions (ILO Conventions No. 155)
- 8. Legally Binding employment relationship (ILO Conventions No. 158, 175, 177, 181)
We have the confirmation from our suppliers and production factory that they comply with the ILO standards. Besides that, we ensure ethical and fair production by having materials and production being done as local as possible in Europe and in a close proximity to our home base in Sweden: All our material suppliers as well as our clothing production factory are based in Europe - all countries that have fair labor conditions. On top of that, we can confirm that all employees of our production partner in Portugal are paid above minimum wages.
Our suppliers in Portugal get 3rd party audits to ensure their high standards are being adhered to. For our production partner in Portugal, this is done as part of their GOTS certification. We also aim to visit our supplier in person once the Covid19 situation is resolved and it is safe to visit.
Our Portuguese material supplier has a policy regarding energy and waste treatment. As a result of it, they achieved a 70% improvement in terms of total environmental impact (saving water, reducing green house gases and chemicals) as well as reduction, and they also recycle or reuse 98% of their production waste. Around 25% of the energy they use comes from their own solar panels. In addition, every 2 years they are required to make a report with specific data regarding their actions to reduce their consumption. They are also ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and NP 4457 compliant.
Here a breakdown of activities and countries, including our suppliers and where they source their raw materials from:
- Design: Sweden
- Product development process: Sweden & Germany
- TENCEL™ material production for all our shirts: Portugal; TENCEL™wood fibers sourced from Lenzing in Austria
- TENCEL™ & Roica® V550 material production for our leggings: Germany; TENCEL™ wood fibers sourced from Lenzing partner in Turkey, and Roica® V550 sourced from Germany
- Natural rubber & organic cotton elastic band production: Austria and Germany; raw material sourced from Malaysia and Turkey (GOTS certified)
- Clothes production/sewing factory: Portugal (GOTS certified)
More about GOTS certification can be found here: https://global-standard.org/the-standard/gots-key-features/ecological-and-social-criteria
In addition to above certifications, our suppliers and production partners in Portugal and Germany are REACH and STEP by Oekotex conform and certified, meaning that they adhere to specific social, environmental and health standards.