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Arc'teryx Manufacturing Statement

Manufacturing Statement

manufacturing statement

Our dedication to craftsmanship is expressed through our manufacturing processes. Quality and integrity can only be achieved through effective partnership with factories and suppliers. Responsible stewardship and diligent management of procedures is core to these partnerships, regardless of location.

The global manufacturing landscape has changed dramatically, with many of the most technically advanced production centres now being located overseas. Arc'teryx has invested in relationships that have taken years to build, foster and maintain, in the interest of retaining reliable quality, delivery and staff.

Social Engagement and Audit

Ensuring ethical and responsible labour practices at our manufacturing partners.

In order to ensure that our products are manufactured responsibly and ethically, Arc’teryx has established a rigorous comprehensive social engagement and audit process. This process relies on direct, collaborative relationships with the facilities, as well as third party auditors to ensure full compliance to our labour and ethical standards.

Before entering into a contract with a factory, Arc'teryx, along with our parent company Amer Sports, conducts a comprehensive initial audit including social compliance, labor and workplace conditions, wages and safety.

Social Engagement and Audit

The initial audit typically opens by meeting with factory management, followed by a factory tour, documentation review, private and confidential interviews with selected employees and finally, a closing meeting with factory management to discuss the preliminary audit findings. Critical issues must be resolved before any contract is proposed, along with a firm plan and timeline for correcting minor findings.

Once a facility has passed this first step, Arc'teryx staff visit to conduct a site tour and to verify that actual conditions meet the audit findings. We do not rely on third parties during the decision-making process. A loyal workforce is valuable to us and their well-being is important to our success.

When we have established a working relationship, Arc'teryx personnel regularly visit each facility and remain in close contact with all operations. Quality control staff, production, design and engineering departments and our sourcing teams travel to verify procedures and solve problems as required. In some cases we employ permanent Arc'teryx staff to monitor daily operations.

Strong working relationships require investments from both sides. Our products demand skilled operators who are willing to be trained in new techniques, on unique machinery. We rely on facilities that are willing to incorporate new procedures and safeguard this knowledge. To maintain this workforce, employees are typically offered significantly higher wages because of their valuable skill set. We engage established and globally recognized third party auditors (Bureau Veritas and Underwriter's Laboratory) to verify the maintenance of ethical working conditions. Audit and visit reports are monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that facility practices and performance maintain the standards we’ve agreed.

Arc’teryx continually monitors social compliance initiatives and standards including Fair Wear, SA8000, and others. To date we have decided to focus on the continued development of our robust internal audit process rather than joining any such external initiatives, believing this is most effective and direct way to ensure safe, ethical and high quality manufacturing environments for Arc’teryx and for the workers at our facilities.

Social Engagement and Audit

Global Manufacturing

The logic behind our global network of technical manufacturing partners.

Arc'teryx products are highly technical in their construction, requiring manufacturing partners with specific capabilities and an exceptional commitment to quality. Many of our manufacturing processes involve tools that we have developed ourselves and techniques that are not used by other brands. We require highly skilled personnel and factories that are willing to install and protect proprietary equipment. As a result, there are very few manufacturing facilities globally than can be considered from the outset. Our production team has assembled a global network – currently numbering 22 facilities – that meets our exacting criteria. The location of the manufacturing facilities range from down the road at our Vancouver factory to elsewhere in the Americas; from South East Asia to central Europe. Regardless of location, these facilities are chosen based on the technical manufacturing capabilities, the quality of their output, their proximity to other steps in the supply chain such as textiles mills, and their commitment to safe, ethical, and responsible manufacturing. An Arc'teryx label guarantees our dedication to design, craftsmanship and performance at every one of the facilities where our products are made.

Our Vancouver Factory

We continually monitor social compliance initiatives such as Fair Wear and others. To date we have decided against joining any external efforts and to focus on the continued development of our robust internal audit process, believing this is most effective and direct way to ensure safe, ethical and high quality manufacturing environments for Arc’teryx and for the workers at our facilities.

Our Vancouver Factory

Arc'teryx operates the world's most advanced outdoor apparel factory, where many of our technical innovations have been born.

The centrepiece of Arc’teryx’s craftsmanship approach to manufacturing is our Vancouver factory. A longstanding fixture in our design and production operations, the factory currently employs 250 people. Having our own facility allows us to test and develop new construction techniques that we can then roll out to our partners globally. Key product made at the Vancouver factory here include the iconic Alpha SV Jacket, all of our harnesses and certain proprietary technologies that we wish to keep strictly in-house.

We are committed to investing in the core of our business, including significant upgrades to our Vancouver Factory planned during the next three years to maintain its status as the most innovative apparel factory in the world.

Our Vancouver Factory