We always make social audits and follow-ups following the FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION (FWF) methodology at all of our manufacturing suppliers. This includes every step of the garment production, from stitching to laundry and packing units. We also check their subcontractors if and where applicable. As a member of Fair Wear Foundation our work also gets verified by taking part in the FWF Brand Performance Check on a yearly basis. The latest one is found in the following link: https://www.fairwear.org/resource/nudie-jeans-performance-check-2018/
The audits done in Tunisia, Turkey and India are made by Fair Wear Foundations own audit teams. In Italy, Portugal, Poland and Lithuania the audits are conducted in cooperation with MOST CSR , an independent audit consultancy firm who follow the procedures of FWF audit methodology. Once we start the follow-up process after the audit, the suppliers and subcontractors are given limited time to make the improvements we request. The time frame is something we discuss together with the supplier, whether one, three or six months are needed to apply these improvements. All audits are announced as we believe in good cooperation and an open dialogue with our suppliers.
In addition to audits, Nudie Jeans representatives visit our suppliers on a regular basis. Most of our suppliers and subcontractors carry out production all year around, but during production peaks we visit more often. Many of these visits are unannounced.
There is documentation of all our audit findings, for every unit where we have performed audits, and/or are in the process of improving conditions. You can download a summary of the audits as PDFs under each supplier. If you have any questions regarding the audits or the factories we work with, please contact us at SUSTAINABILITY@NUDIEJEANS.COM
The fabrics used for our jeans come from suppliers in Turkey, Italy and Japan. We source from the following manufacturers; BOSSA, ISKO, ORTA ANADOLU, IMATEX, KAIHARA and TRC. The organic cotton used in the denim fabrics is grown in Turkey for all fabric suppliers except TRC and Italdenim where the cotton comes from India. The majority of the Turkish cotton is sourced from AKASYA The cotton is certified organic by GOTS, OCS and USDA Organic. The inner pocket fabric is made from organic cotton fabric from ORTA ANADOLU in Turkey.
Buttons, Rivets and Snap Fasteners are made under environmentally safe (EMAS) and transparent production conditions by BERNING & SÖHNE in Germany. All threads comes from COATS and zippers comes from YKK and are bought locally by our suppliers in each supplier country. Our suppliers in Italy make the care-labels locally. The booklets are made in Denmark by A-TEX the paper is FSC certified. The woven Nudie Jeans tag and paper waist tag is made in Turkey by A-Tex and the paper bag for underwear is made locally in India.
FABRIC FOR TSHIRTS AND SHIRTS IN INDIA
Our Fairtrade cotton is bought from CHETNA ORGANIC, an Indian non-governmental organization. Chetna Organic is working with small and marginal farmers to improve their livelihood possibilities through sustainable cotton farming.
The Chetna Coalition is a newly started project where a number of brands have joined forces, and are working together to improve the organic cotton supply chain by planning their procurement for the following year. By communicating the demand to the farmers within Chetna organic the farmers get the possibility to plan their farming and know from the start that they will have a market for the cotton they grow. At the same time the brands can have an assured source of organic fabric when planning the products.
FABRIC FOR SHIRTS
When we choose fabrics to the shirts, our product development team meets with different suppliers who offer the qualities we want. This varies for each season. The fabric comes from suppliers in Turkey, Portugal and India. The cotton in the fabric comes from Turkey and India. For the shirts produced in India Fairtrade and Organic cotton was used.The organic fabrics are either certified by Organic Content Standard (OCS) or by GOTS.
FABRIC FOR JACKETS
When we choose fabrics for the jackets our product development team meets with different suppliers who offer the qualities we want, this varies for each season. The fabrics we choose for our jackets come from suppliers in Portugal or Italy. The organic fabrics are either certified by Organic Content Standard (OCS) or by GOTS.
VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER
When manufacturing leather, the hides must be tanned to keep them from decomposing. The process of vegetable tanning involves adding tannins, which binds to the collagen proteins of the hide. The tannin is extracted from tree bark. All our leather accessories are made from vegetable tanned leather. The vegetable tanning process is the most natural process, and it has been around since ancient times.
The transportation is generally arranged in the following ways; fabrics are transported from Turkey to Italy by truck or freight. The finished product is then shipped from Italy by truck, train or truck on train, to our Swedish warehouse, KORALLEN. For direct deliveries in Europe we use truck; for direct deliveries to other overseas countries like USA, Japan and Australia we use airfreight. The products made in India, are being shipped to Europe using sea freight. All items sent to Sweden, and nearby destinations, are transferred through the warehouse Korallen. They have an environmental concern that includes waste handling and recycling of our packaging material.
For our garments purchased online we use plastic bags and cardboard boxes. In-store we use paper bags and/or gift-wrapping boxes. All packaging comes from our supplier Avisera and the paper bags and boxes are made partly out of recycled material and are FSC-certified. The plastic bags are made of 40-80% recycled plastic.