Our bag factory in Calcutta (West Bengal, in North West India) produces our Canvas Originals and Urban Outdoor series for us. This factory employs around 70 people and has a maximum monthly capacity to produce 4000 bags, which is almost entirely for Sandqvist. We have worked with this factory since 2008. The company is a family business, owned and operated by Mr Shakil, his wife and their three sons.
Our second partner factory is located in Chennai (South West India). This factory was founded as a SIDA (http://www.sida.se/English/) project and many of their equipment comes from a defunct sewing factory in Sweden. We produce bags from our Leather Classics and and Urban Outdoor series as well as most of our small leather goods here. The factory specializes in high-end vegetable tanned leathers. This factory is also a family business, run by Mr Noor, his wife Anjum and Noor's brother Zafar. It employs around 130 people and their production output is about 90% for Sandqvist. We have worked with this factory since 2009.
Our third and newest production partner is located in Delhi, and they are the largest operation we work with. They have approximately 500 employees, and our products represent a small percentage of their total capacity. They also produce for many other European bag and leather garment companies. We have produced our Waxed Canvas bags and Canvas Originals bags with this factory since 2012.
WORKING CONDITIONS, WAGES AND EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
Sandqvist is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) and committed to implementing the FWF Code of Labour Practices at our suppliers. The code stipulates minimum requirements for working conditions based on UN and ILO principles. This includes the right of all workers to join trade unions, the right to a living wage, reasonable hours of work, safe working conditions and a legally binding employment relationship. Child labour and all forms of discrimination is banned.
Sandqvist regularly visits all our suppliers to make sure that working conditions comply with the code. This efforts to secure decent working conditions at all factories manufacturing our products will be verified by FWF and publicly reported on their homepage. FWF is an independent non-profit organisation that is jointly governed by representatives of business, labour and non-profit sectors. The multi-stakeholder structure of FWF guarantees independent monitoring and transparency regarding the manufacturing of Sandqvist's products.