Our focus on creating a better world is present in every aspect of our business. That is why we take special care in ensuring the production of our high quality products does not come at the expense of the wellbeing of the people who manufacture them.
Where possible, we have implemented supply chain processes that allow the kioha team direct access to oversee the production process and ensure we are satisfied with the working conditions of staff. Most of our t-shirts are manufactured in Canada. In fact, the majority of the process for those that are made in Canada, from drawing the patterns, spinning the fabric, to carefully stitching together the garments, all occurs within the province of Quebec under the direction of our manufacturing partner, Delyla. Delyla specializes in eco-friendly and sustainable practices and uses 100% organic cotton in the production of our t-shirts. The end result is an extremely soft and comfortable product of the highest quality. For more information on Delyla and their dedication to sustainable production, please visit their website at www.delyla.com.
When domestically made supplies are unavailable we choose garments produced by companies with outspoken commitments to ethically produced clothing.
All of the printing for our t-shirts takes place domestically.
Our sweatshirts and caps are both customized in Canada. For our sweatshirts, we combine the quality and comfort of American Apparel manufacturing with the uniqueness of kioha style to create a product that is truly one of a kind. American Apparel products are manufactured in the USA under a corporate policy that places employee working conditions at the top of the agenda. More detail on their corporate policies can be found on their website by clicking here.
To achieve the superior quality look and feel to our caps we rely on the timeless style of New Era products. Because New Era is a giant manufacturer with facilities all over the world it is impractical for the kioha team to visit each and every facility, however, assurance has been gained over New Era’s manufacturing practices through their Compliance Program’s accreditation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA). As described by FLA themselves on their website:
"FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. Our work is not limited to any geographic region or industry; we operate around the world and are making a positive difference in industries from agriculture and technology to apparel and footwear.
Companies that join the FLA commit to 10 Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and agree to upholding the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct throughout their entire supply chain. The Code of Conduct is based on International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, and seeks to protect the workers who manufacture the clothing, footwear, luggage, jewelry, electronics and other items enjoyed by consumers around the world."
Included in the Fair Labor Association’s "10 Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing" are provisions that forbid forced and child labour, mandate safe and healthy workplaces, fair compensation and hours of work, and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
For more information on the Fair Labor Association’s Workplace Code of Conduct and the 10 Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing please click here. Additional information about the Fair Labor Association is available on their website at www.fairlabor.org