Since it was founded in 1999, Arrak Outdoor has cared about nature and the people and animals that live in it. Producing textile products in other countries requires taking responsibility, especially when clothes are manufactured in countries where environmental and labor laws aren’t a central feature.
We are extremely aware of the fact that, together with our suppliers, we must take responsibility to minimize our environmental impact and to be socially responsible.
We set high standards and work together with our suppliers to ensure that we follow the guidelines and regulations that apply. We are on site in the factories as often as we can to make sure that they comply with our joint sustainability policy, and to develop the policy continuously.
Arrak loves animals and nature, this is not news to most people. We have actively made the decision not to use materials that come from animals, such as fur.
At Arrak we work hard to consistently improve the distribution chain of our business. With our carefully selected suppliers we prioritize a long-term relationship. We visit our suppliers as often as we can to be involved on site.
The factories all follow Arrak’s Code of conduct
Learn more here: Code of conduct
We also aim for all of our producers to be certified by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI).
Amfori BSCI’s code contains 11 basic labor rights that the factories commit to implementing, in-house and within their supply chains, using a development strategy. The strategy is implemented step by step.
Factory inspections are carried out by an accredited third party (Social Accountability Accreditation Services, SAAS). Deviations that emerge during a factory inspection must be rectified and followed up on during a second inspection. The accredited third party seeks to constantly improve working conditions.
Principles must be complied with in accordance with BSCI:
- Freedom of association and the right to enter into collective agreements
- Prohibition of discrimination
- Reasonable salaries
- Reasonable working hours
- Health and safety in the workplace
- Prohibition of child labor
- Special protection for young workers
- No dangerous work
- Prohibition of forced labor
- Environmental protection
- Ethical business practices
All our suppliers follow REACH or the Swedish Textile Importers' chemical guide, which has been developed together with Rise.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is EU chemicals legislation. The main objective of the legislation is to protect the environment and human health from the risks of chemicals and to increase the competitiveness and innovation of the EU chemical industry.
RISE is a Swedish state research institute in chemistry-environmental issues for the textile industry, among others.
Read more here: Chemicals guidance
Oeko-tex Most of the material we use in our productions is of Oeko-tex certified material. Oeko-tex is an independent global test and certification system that ensures that the product is free of unhealthy chemicals. This applies to products such as fabrics, sewing thread, zippers, etc.
Read more here Oeko-tex