LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS WITH FACTORIES
Long-term business relationships with our production facilities are very important to Halti. To achieve sustainability is by working together and nearly all of our partnerships with production facilities have been long, some as long as 40 years.
We produce clothes, shoes and gear in many different countries. The largest production country is China, where roughly 80% of all our apparell are made. This is followed by Vietnam and Bangladesh. Parts of our production are also located in India and Europe. We make socks and beanies in Finland. China has become the largest producer of demanding technical products in the sports textile industry, and we have established long-standing and stable relationships with our partner factories. Since 2010 we have an office in China and a team that make regular visits to factories to see how our products are made and in what conditions. We are publishing the list of our Tier 1suppliersas well as our Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, their addresses, which product categories they manufacture and the year when we started the cooperation.
Factory workers are an important part of our product supply chain and we want to take good care of them. We are members of the international amfori BSCI organisation. It helps us to ensure that employees work regular hours in proper conditions and receive sufficient pay. We do not accept any child labour, corruption or discrimination. We aim to improve employees’ awareness of their rights and opportunities to have an impact on any deficiencies in the workplace. Being a member of amfori BSCI requires regular, objective, impartial and independent audits by an external auditor. Amfori BSCI offers regular education for the suppliers on social responsibility topics and how to implement them as an employer. Halti strongly encourages all its suppliers to take part in amfori Academy for further education and development.
All our apparell and shoes are made at factories audited by amfori BSCI, FWF or SA8000. Parts of our production are also located in Europe where local laws provide employees with better protection. We also actively visit and audit our factories ourselves. We aim to increase production in Europe as well as utilise the slow seasons in the factories. This helps to reduce the amount of overtime and pressure directed at employees during high seasons and provides factories and their employees with a steady income. We follow Amfori’s grievance policies and living wage initiative.
HALTI SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
Addition to the above-mentioned audits, all our suppliers sign Halti’s own Service Level Agreement. Halti expects suppliers to respect fundamental human rights, to treat their workforce fairly and with respect. In order to make our position clear to our own staff, our suppliers and any other affected parties, we have documented a Halti Supplier Code of Coduct (CoC) as part of the Service Level Agreement. This code is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and United Nations (UN) guiding principles on business and human rights. To be our supplier, a factory must agree to, sign and implement the principles of the CoC. With this code of conduct the employer ensures basic human rights for all its direct and undirect employees. The supplier also ensures that no child labor, forced labor, prisoners or illegal labor is used. The code of conduct states that Halti does not accept any physical or mental violence, harsh discipline, or bullying. Discrimination of pregnant women is not allowed. In the CoC, we encourage each employee to join the workers’ union of their industry and collectively influence on better working conditions.
SUPPLIER SELECTION PROCESS
Halti has a formal process for choosing the suppliers to work with. Firstly, we analyze the company’s profile, existing client base as well as the compliance and eco certificates. We run a capability analysis where we ask the supplier for their own assessment and pre-quotations. We analyze their equipment and facilities carefully. If we are about to select a certain supplier, we do site visits, pre-quality inspections and pre-CSR-audits. Once decided to move forward with the partnership, we start with a test order that is closely monitored by our local quality control team. The test orders are followed with regular and periodic compliance audits.