We produce our garments in factories in Kathmandu, Indonesia, Slovakia, India and China. We have been working with some of these factories since the early days of the brand. They are medium sized, family run businesses that have grown with us over the years, in turn helping each other to shape the business we are today. Generally, it is very rare that we see workers from any of our factories leave their jobs.
Since the beginning Komodo's business ethics have always been a priority and it’s always been important that the way in which we manufacture our products be sensitive to the environment and that the people involved at every step of the process are treated with respect, receive a fair wage and are not expected to work in uncomfortable or hazardous conditions. We visit our factories and always discuss ways in which we can help to strengthen our partnership from an ethical and sustainable view point. In the end our main role is to simply be a good customer to these factories, to order well, to pay them well and beyond that to encourage them to think and act fair and green - we are proud of the suppliers we work with.
The majority of factories we use are GOTS or SEDEX audited. Others are small artisan workshops that we work closely with and visit regularly. The following outlines the standards we expect of all our suppliers...
Our commitments to operating in a sustainable and ethical manner.
No child labour or forced labour In accordance with the International Labour Conventions (ILO) no child labour will be used in the production of our garments. The factories used by Komodo do not employ any underaged employees. Factories are required to keep an employee register and age certification is mandatory in order to sign a contract of employment.
No Exploitation of Work Force Exploitation of the local workforce still does occur in today's globalized economy. So, it is important to be vigilant. Typically, employees work a 42-hour week, their wages being paid regularly with overtime being voluntary and paid. Workers are entitled to a 1-hour break in every 8-hour shift. They also have one day a week off and are allowed to observe religious and cultural holidays of which there are many. Factories work with timecards systems in order to log hours worked by their staff. Almost all workers making Komodo receive more than average and more than minimum wages for their roll. No Discrimination Employment Policy Our factories do not discriminate against employees based on race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation or social origin.
Workers' Rights Regular Meetings are held between the owners of the factories and their staff whereby any grievances or complaints the workforce might have is addressed and resolved. Additional Employee Benefit These differ between factories, but include programs like residential dormitories, food allowances and internal medical insurance programs.
Living wage We insist that all our suppliers pay their staff a decent living wage.
Work Place Conditions
Health and Safety Staff receive training dependant on the nature of their work, so that any occupational hazards can be avoided. All machinery is regularly inspected; maintenance records kept, and full operating instructions are available to employees. Only trained staff are allowed to handle any hazardous materials. First aid training is provided to managers.
Fire Regulation Fires in garment factories have been all over the news in recent years and have led to too many deaths that could have been avoided if basic fire safety policies had been followed. We expect our CMT (cut make trim) factories to hold fire safety certificates issued by local government, subject to regular inspections.
Hygiene Standards Basic hygiene throughout factories is expected to be of a high standard, particularly in communal staff areas, for example sleeping dormitories and food preparation areas.
Fabrics & Sourcing
We are committed sourcing the most sustainable fabrics and yarns available to create our collections. Materials used are as natural and biodegradable as possible. Where man made fibres are used they are either produced using closed loop systems that minimise potential environmental damage or are from recycled sources. We follow a Restricted Substances List to avoid use of polluting substances that might occur in all fabrics and fittings. Below is a list of fabrics we use in our collections;
COTTON – All cotton used in our collections is certified organic.
WOOL – Merino is certified from non-mulesed sources.
TENCEL, RAYON & MODAL – Sustainable wood pulp fabrics produced by the Lenzing company using their closed loop system which reuses 99% of chemical solvent used for processing.
LINEN – A naturally sustainable yarn. The cultivation of the flax plant requiring little water to grow and produces almost no waste due to the entire plant being used.
POLYESTER & NYLON – Where it is necessary to use these material, for example to strengthen yarn or give stretch quality to a product (ie. socks), we use only recycled.
Our concern for our manufacturing partners is that they try to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible. However, when waste unavoidably arises as a by-product of the production process, we make sure our factories dispose of it in clean, safe and environmentally friendly way. All factories sell their scrap waste to recycling units. Every factory does its best to conserve energy and run efficiently.