IBANA recognizes that it has inherent responsibilities regarding its supply chain, the workers and the environment. Therefore, IBANA is devoted to improve the leather garment and textile supply chain with quality products that are produced in a fair and safe way, with as less as possible impact on the environment.
We have developed a Code of Conduct (CoC) which outlines the minimum social and environmental standards and requirements that our suppliers are expected to follow. Our Code of Conduct is based on the Conventions drawn by the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the UN’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). To read our CoC please click here.
IBANA measures social and environmental compliance by means of auditing processes. All the factories used for IBANA production are registered on the Amfori BSCI platform. IBANA only accepts factories whose audit report has at least a C score. (A the highest, E the lowest). Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a global initiative that supports companies to improve labour conditions in their tier 1 factories. We monitor the factories we work with constantly, in order to make sure that they ensure and comply with their social responsibilities. Our supply chain partners are located in India, Pakistan, China, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. We have a dedicated CR-team at our offices in Amsterdam and Shanghai and also a Local CR Representative in Pakistan that guides the factories in improving their environmental performances. Corporate Responsibility is a continuous process for both factories and brands, and only by working together can we strive for maximum compliance.
At IBANA we are committed to make sure that all our products are made with respect for people, the environment and animals. We expect all our supply chain partners to follow our animal welfare policy. All the leather that is used in our garments is a by-product from the meat industry. We don’t use any leather from exotic, threatened or endangered animals nor do we use any fur. No animals should be harmed in the production of our products. IBANA is committed to the five freedoms for animals set by the Farm Animal Welfare Council and the Farm Animal Welfare Committee;
All products that are imported or traded in Europe must comply to European Legislation on Environmental and Chemical compliance. Brands or retailers can request a factory to test on chemical (and/or physical) compliance before a product goes into production, mainly to detect any chemical non-compliances. For chemical testing, we have developed our IBANA Restricted Substances List (RSL), in which we outline which chemicals may (within certain limits) be used and which are forbidden. The IBANA RSL includes global legal requirements (such as REACH, EC or POP), additional requirements based on best practice as identified by Eco label organisations, and the requirements of our customers. These regulations encompass registered chemicals that up to a specific level (limit) are not allowed to be found in a final product that is put on the market. IBANA conducts random chemical testing on our products to monitor the use of chemicals.
The leather tanning process needs to be done careful and thoroughly in order to make sure there is no harm done to workers, the environment and our customers. Tanning the skins and hides into leather comprises a process which permanently alters the protein structure of skin, making it more durable and less susceptible to decomposition, and also possibly colouring it. Tanning can be done through chrome tanning or vegetable tanning, or a combination of both. In both cases, care must be taken to ensure that the process is done properly and safely, and that waste water, sludge and chemicals are cautiously filtered before being discharged. Vegetable tanned leather uses tannic acids from various plants, such as branches, leaves, bark or fruits. This natural tanning process takes approximately one to three months. Chrome tanning is faster and is done with chromium salts. As IBANA’s main material is leather, we demand our suppliers to make sure that all of our products are not exceeding the limits when it comes to chrome (Cr), and the usage of Chrome 6 (Cr6) is prohibited. We monitor the content of chrome in our products through chemical testing in order to make sure all the leather in our products are compliant to regulations and safe for use.
The Leather Working Group (LWG) is an international, not-for-profit membership organisation and responsible for the world’s largest leather sustainability program. LWG aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by evaluating and certifying leather manufacturers. They aim to engage with members of the leather supply chain and give them the knowledge to be able to make informed, sustainable choices in their businesses.
Tanneries can experience an Environmental Audit, which assesses the environmental performance and compliance of leather manufacturing facilities. When successful, they receive a LWG-certificate. One of our suppliers is LWG-certified with a Bronze Medal.
When you order from our webshop, our products will come to you in a FSC-certified cardboard box, containing 70% recycled paper. Also our foil paper is FSC-certified. If you do not want to keep the box, we kindly ask you to recycle the box and foil paper by throwing them in the appropriate paper containers.