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 1 suppliers as well as our Tier 2 and 3 suppliers, their addresses, which product categories they manufacture and the year when we started the cooperation.
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.
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.