We are dedicated towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and expect the same from our suppliers; all of who strive towards good working conditions and care for the environment. For us CSR is a continuous process of improvement, and we feel responsible for and connected with the people that make our products.
King Louie insists on working solely with manufacturers who value and guarantee good working conditions for its employees. Our clothing is produced in Turkey and Asia. We have worked with our main supplier for more than 20 years and have longstanding relationships with all of our other manufacturers as well. Of course we visit all our suppliers on a regularly base.
King Louie’s principal supplier - established in Turkey - is a very inspiring company and its owner Mrs. Nur Ger is a celebrated advocate of women’s rights. In 2012 the company was awarded ‘Best Social Gender Equality in Work Life’ in Turkey. In 2013 the factory was included in the ‘Honorary List by United Nations Women Empowerment Principles’ (UN WEPs) and in 2016 Mrs. Nur Ger was appointed as Global Business Advocate of the UN WEPs.
Fair Wear Foundation
King louie is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). This independent, non-profit organisation aims to improve the labour conditions within the fashion industry. FWF advocates free choice of labour, fair wages, no child labour, no excessive working hours and safe & healthy working conditions. Together with FWF, and step by step, we introduce improvements of working conditions. FWF checks the improvements and then reports about them in their yearly 'Brand Performance Check', which is published on their website (www.fairwear.org).
We aim to meet the international labour-, climate- and environmental standards.
We feel committed to sustainability and try to limit our environmental footprint.
These articles are produced in Europe and are GOTS-certified. GOTS means: Global Organic Textile Standard. It’s a worldwide leading standard in working with organic fibres, such as organic cotton. GOTS sets many environmental requirements, yet also with a strong claim on good working conditions. For more information: www.global-standard.org. Today 10% of our total volume consists of sustainable materials, like organic cotton (GOTS), Tencel fibres from Lenzing and recycled polyester. In 2016 we introduced our first recycled polyster clothing products, using NewLife and REPREVE fibres which are created from recycled PET-bottles.
King Louie pursues an active policy to prevent dangerous chemicals from being part of her supply chain. REACH and POP legislation are European regulations, which define the limits companies need to keep to in terms of the use of chemicals. The result is a so-called Restricted Substances List (RSL), which all our manufacturers have to commit to. In the RSL, 22 groups of chemicals are limited or prohibited, such as AZO dyes, Nickel, Chrome VI, perfluorinated chemicals and Phthalates. In many cases, our RSL goes beyond the legal requirements. In addition, we work with many companies that meet the OEKO-TEX criteria. The independent and worldwide operating agency VERITAS conducts random checks on whether our suppliers comply with the RSL requirement.
Charity Wings of Support
King Louie is also connected to ‘Wings of Support’, a private initiative of the KLM Dutch National Airlines. The KLM crew visits many countries throughout the world. This foundation helps children in Third World countries, building education & accommodation facilities. King Louie donates clothing to various projects for women and children.