Dedicated to the highest standards of quality and transparency.
An important part of our company strategy is the commitment to building long-term relationships with a small number of key partners. Taking this step allows us to build stronger and healthier relationships while gaining a deeper understanding of the entire production process.
Several years ago, we also took the decision to open a local office nearer to our factories in order to work closer with suppliers and solve incidents as soon as they are detected.
We strive to work with only the most reputable factories we can find. These factories uphold our core principles to ensure high standards regarding human rights and environmental practices.That includes guaranteeing that each person along every step of our supply chain is treated with fairness and dignity. With that in mind, we do everything we can to guarantee an environment free of discrimination and prejudice for all of our employees and partners.
To guarantee that we are held responsible from start to finish, we have a code of conduct to which all of our factories must adhere. This code sets standards from the very beginning and aims to ensure our suppliers provide fair, safe, and non-discriminatory workplaces that do not harm workers, the community, or the environment. 100% of our factories have signed and are committed to our code.
In 2020, we decided to take our social factory strategy one step further. We asked our principal factories to join the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) and complete the Facility Module on the Higg platform. By doing this, we can check on an annual basis that our factories are using the best possible processes to make our shoes under the best possible conditions. In addition, we can reinforce our commitment to maintaining manufacturers of the highest standards.
Using the Higg platform, we can measure the environmental and social performance of our factories, which is more effective than our former social audits. Currently, over 85% of our production takes place in factories evaluated by the Higg Facility Module, and the rest are evaluated by external social audits.