At the core of Fair Wear membership is the Code of Labour Practices (COLP), which are derived from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights.
We have committed to implementing and upholding the COLP. We will begin rolling out Fair Wear’s Workplace Education programme in 2021, so that workers at our manufacturing sites are better aware of these practices and are empowered to speak up if standards are not being met. Any worker’s complaint reported to Fair Wear’s confidential helpline are tracked and passed onto us. It’s paramount that workers feel safe, and we work tirelessly to ensure any issues are resolved quickly. We carry out regular visits to our factories too, and at our strategic manufacturing sites we have a permanent team of local Rab and Lowe Alpine staff.
Our established relationships meant our results were already at a high standard. In fact, we’ve only ever purchased product from a factory that our CEO has physically set foot in, and that meet his exacting standards. 95% of our production volume for 2020-21 came from manufacturing sites audited at least once in the last three years, and 89% of our production comes from long-term partners who we’ve been doing business with for five years or more. We’ve done well for year one but there’s always room for improvement.