Design from Finland
DESIGN FROM FINLAND - logo tells about the origin of Finnish design and investment in Finnish professional design. The use of the logo is supervised by the Association for Finnish Work. The logo has been granted to North Outdoor on April 19th 2018.
Mulesing-free merino wool
Oeko-Tex ® Standard 100
Amfori BSCI supports its member companies' aim to promote ethical and social responsibility in their international purchase and supply chains. The amfori BSCI Code of Conduct functions as a tool. The implementation system and code of conduct behind the initiative are based on widely known international treaties such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the general agreements and recommendations of ILO and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. BSCI develops their own activities and those of its member enterprises by means of audits, education, communication and influencing.
Sustainability and amfori BSCI
North Outdoor has been a member of amfori BSCI since 2019. Amfori BSCI (previously known as Business Social Compliance Initiative, BSCI) is a worldwide initiative to improve working conditions in global operating chains. As far as North Outdoor is concerned, we want to influence our merino wool and packing factories in China. Along with the initiative, North Outdoor will have better chances to guarantee responsible actions regarding working conditions, not only in Finland but also in China. With the opportunities provided by BSCI, we have improved our expertise in building a responsible supply chain.
As a member company, we'll follow the ethical rules and code of conduct of amfori BSCI. The code of conduct takes a stand, among other things, to the prohibition of child labour and forced labour, occupational health, safe working conditions, discrimination, environmental protection, specific protection of young people at work and workers' right to organize themselves and to negotiate. These rules are also incorporated in the activities of companies' purchase chains, and the aim will be to improve it continuously.
North Outdoor in China
Vaikka North Outdoorin tilausmäärät Kiinasta ovatkin pienet, amfori BSCI:n toimintaperiaatteet ovat paras keino vaikuttaa positiivisesti paikalliseen toiminta- ja työkulttuuriin. Toimintaperiaatteet ovat perustana yhteistyölle myös silloin, kun North Outdoorin kiinalainen tehdas valmistaa tuotteita toisille yrityksille. Teemme systemaattisesti yhteistyötä hankintaketjumme tuottajien kanssa ja ohjeistamme heitä BSCI:n toimintaperiaatteiden mukaiseen toimintaan työolojen parantamiseksi.
North Outdoor and supervision of the factories
The products belonging to North Outdoor’s Nature collection are manufactured in a Finnish factory. Our other products are manufactured in China. For our part, we want to promote responsibility in China. We visit factories personally regularly. Visits are made by both our Finnish and local personnel. In addition, the Chinese factories are audited by a third party. We are a member company of amfori BSCI. Our product suppliers shall also have to commit themselves to the principles of the BSCI Code of Conduct.
Before the auditing, the factory will carry out a self-assessment according to a BSCI template. After that, an audit will be made at the factory by an impartial party operating in China, approved by SAI (Social Accountability International). A professional audit conducted by a third party will improve the transparency and trustworthiness of the activities. The audit will provide us the basis for drawing up a plan on actions to be corrected.
We follow closely audit reports submitted from factories. The average grade of the factories used by North Outdoor is C (acceptable). In several areas, the factories obtained grades A (very good) and B (good). The only reason for the average grade C is the periodical overtime work done by the employees of the factory, for which the grade D (insufficient). Auditing alone won’t improve the working conditions in China.
Workers’ possibilities of influencing in our factories are good, and long working hours are also the employees’ wish. There is periodically so much production in the factories that overtime work is available. Adequate overtime compensation is paid for overtime work. As far as overtime work in the factories used by us is concerned, it is not forced labour, but instead, voluntary overtime work for which extra compensation is being paid.
North Outdoor uses yarns produced by Südwolle Group in Intense Pro, All Day, Active, Sensitive and Arctic collections. Südwolle Group produces 100% wool yarns and wool blend yarns. Südwolle Group emphasizes environmental protection and social and sustainable development in all their activities. The company is widely known for the high quality, environmental friendliness and good human resource management. The company’s organic products are produced transparently and responsibly. Südwolle was established in 1966, and its headquarters are located in Nuremberg in Germany. Südwolle has 3200 employees worldwide. The company’s factories are located in Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and China.
The Nature and Lux collection yarns are manufactured in the Italian spinning mill Lanerossi Filati. The wool originates from South America and Australia. The company emphasizes responsibility and sustainable development in all their activities. High-quality Lanerossi Filati yarns used by North Outdoor are Woolmark- and Oeko-Tex –certified.