The Kate Sylvester Code of Conduct is a shared commitment we have with all our manufacturing partners, including suppliers, outworkers, contractors and subcontractors. This embodies our commitment to workers who manufacture all of our products and ensures that our partners adhere to our values and our ideals. We ensure that all our partners recognise this code of conduct as a guide to ensuring transparency and traceability throughout our supply chain. Our code of conduct is included in all supplier contracts and is a signing this is a requirement of working with Kate Sylvester. Take a look at our official Code of Conduct.
Our manufacturing partners
We are proud to have 100% traceability of all our manufacturing partners. Because we work very closely with these partners, our Kate Sylvester production team visits our New Zealand makers weekly and we have introduced six monthly visits to all of our offshore partners. On these visits our team personally checks that our suppliers are meeting their commitments to their workers, health and safety and environmental practices. The New Zealand garment production industry involves many different manufacturing partners who cover all aspects of the garment production process. We are currently working on a collective industry project to systematically audit our makers in New Zealand. Watch this space.
Responsible fabric sourcing
At Kate Sylvester we work closely with our fabric mills to produce signature fabrics for our brand. These unique fabrics make up to 70% of our collection. As a small business buying small amounts of fabric to make our limited garment runs, traceability of fabrics and base materials can be incredibly challenging as we lack the buying power and influence to demand full disclosure. However, we are incredibly proud to have traceability of 80% of our Kate Sylvester fabrics and 65% of our entire product offering. We have a transparency project underway to trace the fabrics that comprise the remainder of our collection, many of which are end of line fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfill. Our goal is to increase traceability on our fabrics by a minimum of 10% a year, with full transparency on our fabric offering by the end of 2021 at the latest. Tracing the base fibres that are used to create our fabrics is more challenging, however we are working to towards 70% transparency on these by the end of 2020.