Ethics at Cabaïa
"There is no ethical proposal, there are only ethical acts."
Our different workshops spread around the world have all been carefully selected for their extensive expertise and experience in the development of our products. As we are well aware that not all countries have the same social requirements or measures to protect workers, we have implemented concrete actions to counter possible ethical abuses among our partners.
BSCI or SMETA certified factories
All our factories are certified by one of these two labels, or are in the process of being certified. Issued after external audits carried out by specialised companies, they guarantee ethical compliance and ensure that working conditions are satisfactory for all employees.
Banning child and forced labour, ensuring worker safety, a salary that allows workers to live with their families and the right to form a union.
Compliance with the Cabaïa Code of Conduct
Team Cabaïa spends its time in the field to ensure that basic rules are respected and improved: banning child and forced labour, ensuring worker safety, a salary that allows workers to live with their families and the right to form a union. Year after year through external audits and internal controls, we do everything possible to ensure that our partners have a working environment that complies with our social and environmental requirements. We have gathered these requirements in our code of conduct, which serves as a guideline in our relationship with all our suppliers.
Complete knowledge of the supply chain
Did you know? Social and environmental problems rarely occur among Tier 1 suppliers. But it's when they subcontract to smaller plants that problems can arise. In fact, the recent major scandals in the textile industry have always occurred at Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers, when suppliers in turn subcontract to smaller factories... At Cabaïa, we therefore prohibit subcontracting to companies that have not been validated according to our code of conduct, and that do not meet our social and environmental criteria.
Ecology in the office
Offices with a low ecological impact, managing electricity and water consumption, setting up a robust recycling system, opting for reusable containers for meals, not using plastic water bottles... We must lead the way for a workplace with minimum impact by optimising our energy expenses, and by educating the entire team towards a zero impact work method.
of carbon emissions measured and offset
of our products are environmentally friendly
We are working to become B corp certified by 2021.
*B Corp is an organisation that verifies the societal, environmental, governance and public transparency requirements of companies.
“It is up to our generation to show that it is possible to produce globally by offering accessories that are desirable, affordable and ethically produced in accordance with our values.”
‘’In order to move forward, we need to be......transparent & admit our current limitations.”
Traceability of supplies
We go back as far as possible in our supply chains. However, some components - such as rivets or zippers - are purchased as finished products from specialised distributors and are not manufactured in our workshops. Of course, we do our utmost to trace all the supply chains, even when the number of intermediaries makes the task less than straightforward.
For transport, we work mainly with French charterers (CMA CGM). As there is not yet a transport company with a strong ethical and ecological approach, we work hand in hand with our current carriers to develop their commitments. However, as we are still a small organisation for these transport mastodons, we have limited pull in making a positive impact on their actions.