GARMENT ACCREDITATIONS

5 Star Accreditations

Every factory that manufactures products for Kustom Kit must commit to meeting internationally recognised standards. We do not own factories and are extremely selective about who we work with. Compliance is closely monitored by a range of globally recognised bodies who make regular audits to the factories in which our clothing is manufactured. Read on to find out more…

Oeko-Tex is an independent globally standardised certification especially developed for textiles. Its primary purpose is to ensure that the chemicals used in the manufacture of textile products are in no way damaging to health.

At Kustom Kit we understand what the modern wearer demands from their clothing. We expect colours to be brighter, we want our shirts to need little or no ironing and we require our sportswear to be fully functional keeping us both warm and dry. We test every component from fabric to thread, every label, lining, button and zip so that our customers never have to compromise on comfort or performance. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 allows Kustom Kit to deliver innovate fabrics and designs with complete confidence that no harmful chemicals have been used in their manufacture. Kustom Kit demands all products achieve this certification.

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) was signed on May 15th 2013. It is a five year independent, legally binding agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Garment Industry. All of our key Bangladeshi factories are screened and inspected under the ACCORD programme.

The agreement consists of six key components:

  1. A five year legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions to ensure a safe working environment in the Bangladeshi garment industry
  2. An independent inspection program supported by brands in which workers and trade unions are involved
  3. Public disclosure of all factories, inspection reports and corrective action plans (CAP)
  4. A commitment by signatory brands to ensure sufficient funds are available for remediation and to maintain sourcing relationships
  5. Democratically elected health and safety committees in all factories to identify and act on health and safety risks
  6. Worker empowerment through an extensive training program, complaints mechanism and right to refuse unsafe work.

The BSCI program is a voluntary system by which BSCI members work with their suppliers to be in compliance with the BSCI code of conduct.

The BSCI program consists of following principles:

  1. The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  2. Fair remuneration
  3. Occupational health and safety
  4. Special protection for young workers
  5. No bonded labour
  6. Ethical business behaviour
  7. No discrimination
  8. Decent working hours
  9. No child labour
  10. No precarious employment
  11. Protection of the environment

When it comes to factory audits, nothing beats seeing things first hand. This is why our experienced product team make regular visits to our suppliers to ensure that manufacturing is undertaken in line with our strict ethical and environmental policies. In fact, we will never work with a factory that we haven’t audited in person.

STeP is an additional factory audit which places emphasis on environmental performance and social responsibility. It is only gained by factories who achieve the highest level of sustainable production and safety ethics. The fabric used to manufacture the majority of our shirts is produced in a STeP accredited factory. We are working with our entire manufacturing base to
encourage them to take part in the STeP auditing scheme.

Made in Green is a  traceable label that applies exclusively to textiles. It communicates that the garment/fabric has not only been tested for harmful substances as certified by standard 100 but is also sustainably produced in accordance to Oeko-Tex guidelines. Labelled product is available, please contact customer services for details, MOQ’s and lead-times.

The WRAP Certification Program’s objective is to independently monitor and certify compliance with the below standards, to ensure that sewn products are being produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. Participating facilities voluntarily commit to ensuring that their manufacturing practices will meet these standards, and further commit to passing along, on their part, the expectation that their contractors and suppliers likewise comply with these standards.

The WRAP Accreditation consists of twelve key principles:

  1. Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations
  2. Prohibition of Forced Labor
  3. Prohibition of Child Labor
  4. Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse
  5. Compensation and Benefits
  6. Hours of Work Limitation
  7. Prohibition of Discrimination
  8. Health and Safety
  9. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  10. Environmental Regulations
  11. Customs Compliance
  12. Facility Security

SMETA is an audit format which is a compilation of good practice in ethical audit techniques designed to help auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice.

The 4 pillars of SMETA:

  1. Labour Standards
  2. Health and Safety
  3. Business Ethics
  4. The Environment