Working conditions, factories, material suppliers, tanneries, transport.
As a company with a strong focus on sustainable design, we strive to be open about what we do and how we do it. You should be able to know how all of our products are manufactured and the best way for us to ensure this is by being fully transparent.
Our products are made under fair working conditions and in a safe environment at all levels. To ensure this, Sandqvist is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and we’re committed to implementing the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Labour Practices at all of our suppliers.
Our staff regularly visit all our suppliers to ensure that working conditions comply with the code of labour practices. In addition to this, external audits are commissioned at all suppliers to find out what can be improved upon. Together with our suppliers, we set up corrective action plans to achieve the continuous improvement of working conditions. In order to support our suppliers with this, Sandqvist supports trainings for factory employees on their rights and internal complaints handling.
These efforts to secure good working conditions at all factories manufacturing our products will be verified by Fair Wear Foundation and publicly reported on their homepage. Fair Wear Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that is jointly governed by representatives of business, labour and non-profit sectors. The multi-stakeholder structure of Fair Wear Foundation guarantees independent monitoring and transparency regarding the manufacturing of our products.
We are proud of the suppliers that manufacture our products, so we’re open to sharing where our goods are produced. Here you will find an overview of the factories that we work with, what they do, and how we are working on improving the workplace together.
On the Fair Wear Foundation homepage, you can read the assessments of Fair Wear Foundation regarding the status at any of these factories.
Butler Leather, India
Butler Leather is located in Chennai, India, and specializes in high-end leathers. This is where we produce most of our leather bags and small leather goods. We have been working with Butler Leather since 2009.
The factory is a family-owned business, run by Anjum, her husband Noor and Noor's brother Zafar. Butler Leather was opened with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and much of their equipment comes from a defunct sewing factory in Sweden. They employ about 130 people and the majority of their production output is for Sandqvist.
Fair Wear Foundation has audited the working conditions in the factory, in 2016 and in 2019. In 2017, Fair Wear Foundation visited to train the workers to strengthen employees’ rights in the workplace.
In 2018 we started working with Rajda in Calcutta, India. The factory is run by Gautam and his wife Kanchan. At this factory, we make both full leather bags as well as canvas bags with leather details. The factory is a family-run business that employs around 200 workers. To ensure good working conditions, Rajda is certified according to the independent standard SA8000.
In 2016 we began working with Moland, a factory in the Dong Nai province in southern Vietnam. The factory has undergone numerous audits of working conditions and Fair Wear Foundation audited the factory in 2018. In 2019 Moland moved to a new factory and changed name to Junko.
In 2017 we began our partnership with ASG in the Binh Duong province in southern Vietnam. This is our biggest supplier with about 3000 employees and a production capacity of around 3 million pieces. In 2018, some manufacturing was also done in their production facility in Long An province. ASG manufactures Sandqvist’s polycotton canvas and some of our 18 oz canvas bags. ASG is part of ILO’s Better Work program in Vietnam and Fair Wear Foundation has trained the workers regarding their rights.
Or newest cooperation is with Viva in the Long An province in Vietnam, which has around 600 employees. Here, we have started producing bags in waterproof materials, as this factory is well suited for more technical products. The factory was audited by Fair Wear Foundation in 2019. After the audit, a number of improvements were made regarding health and safety and workers have undergone trainings regarding their rights.
As part of our commitment to full transparency, Sandqvist has listed the manufacturers of all materials used in our products, including fabrics and leather. Trims such as rivets, padding and webbing will be included in future transparency reports.
Dibella sources cotton straight from Adilabad in Telangana, India, where the industry runs mostly on a small scale by self-sufficient farmers. By working with Dibella, Sandqvist can buy directly from independent cultivators and importantly, we can offer the farmers better pay and good working conditions. For more details on the source of the cotton Dibella uses for Sandqvist, please visit www.chetnaorganic.org.in.Dibella India takes care of production of Sandqvist’s cotton lining, the 18 oz cotton canvas, the 12 oz polycotton and our cotton dust bags.
Synthetic materials including the Cordura and recycled nylon used by Sandqvist are manufactured by Leejotex. Leejotex is a Korean company producing high-quality materials, including Cordura, bluesign approved fabrics and Oeko-tex certified materials.
Sixup in Taiwan manufactures the waterproof polyester material used by Sandqvist, produced from recycled fibres.
Sandqvist uses four tanneries for the production of our leather. Three of the tanneries are gold rated by LWG; the Bharath Enterprises (India), Chang Hing (India) and TanTec Leather (Vietnam). One tannery, Shui Hua Leather (Taiwan), is silver rated.
The majority of our production takes place in Asia and our products are sold globally. Inevitably, transport is a big part of our environmental impact. To find out more about the carbon footprint of our transport, see our sustainability and climate impact report.Sandqvist only works with freight forwarders that are able to disclose the carbon footprint of our freights and are actively working on reducing the environmental impact of transport. Sandqvist currently works with GEODIS for the transport of our products. In 2017, the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) gave GEODIS a “B” grade for the second consecutive year. This grade means that CDP recognizes GEODIS as a company that is implementing appropriate actions to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions – a sign of effective environmental management. Only 12% of the companies worldwide assessed by CDP achieved an equivalent or higher rating.