Embracing Transparency

Because it’s 2017

We asked you last week What Should We Make? and the response has been inspiring! Our community is passionate about the outdoors and is filled with great ideas of how to make great gear even better.

Next week I’ll be taking your feedback with me to China where I’ll be touring over a dozen factories, meeting the owners, inspecting the facilities, and personally verifying the quality of the work and the working conditions… As we embark on this new journey, we are going to embrace a level of transparency that is unparalleled in the outdoor industry.

The BSCI Code of Conduct

All of the factories we work with follow the BSCI Code of Conduct. So in addition to our personal verifications of the factories, it means that they adhere to many principles that we strongly believe in here at Live Out There: Fair Renumeration. Occupational Health and Safety, No Child Labour, Protection of the Environment, and much much more. I will be sharing more about the Code of Conduct in the near future, but feel free to read more about it today on the BSCI Code of Conduct website.

There’s Nothing to Hide

Who made your favourite jacket? Manufacturers are legally obliged to note the country of origin, but that’s it. Is there more to share? We think so. There’s a new way of doing business where transparency rules. It’s a long overdue movement and we’re joining it. We’ll be sharing with you about from whom and where our products come.

Off to China

To make the gear you want, we need to find and work with world-class manufacturers and I’m personally excited to be blogging from the road next week and sharing my experiences.

While in China, I will also be checking in on the factories that are making our upcoming Fall/Winter Collection.

Is there anything you want to know while I’m there? Leave a question below and I’ll find some answers.