@WildalaskaKen thanks for the question and for giving us the opportunity to provide transparency with our product sourcing. We look around the world for the best factories to make REI's brand gear and apparel and our sourcing decisions are based on factories' technical expertise and ability to deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices and in alignment with our values. We believe everyone should have access to working conditions that are safe, fair and nondiscriminatory. Our goal is to extend REI's values in the supply chain by supporting people behind our products and working with suppliers in achieving industry-leading practices. Our Factory Partner List is publicly accessible and identifies the locations around the world where we source gear and apparel. Depending on the country, relying solely on local laws and enforcement may not be sufficient for meeting our expectations. For that reason, REI introduced its Factory Code of Conduct in 1993, and the current code establishes standards of workplace conduct for the factories that manufacture products we sell. To advance the principles outlined in the code, our sustainability and production teams collaborate on process alignment, supplier approval and audit remediation. REI is selective about our factories. We only work with capable, responsible partners. Additionally, each year we audit the majority of the factories in our supply chain, after which we upload the audit data and findings to the shared industry database, the Fair Factories Clearinghouse. REI then works with suppliers to identify the root cause of each finding that doesn't align with our standards and we develop a corrective action plan and commit to specific completion dates. REI regularly consults with our suppliers throughout the process. For information about our work to prevent human trafficking and forced labor in supply chains, we encourage you to review REI's disclosures for the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. The breadth of fair labor compliance cannot be accomplished solely by one brand. Accordingly, REI has developed partnerships with associations such as the Outdoor Industry Association, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and the Fair Factories Clearinghouse. As an active member of these organizations, we enhance, leverage and build trust with suppliers and brands and work together to address systemic causes of fair labor violations. Finally, we also support innovative programs designed to empower workers, including Fair Trade USA and the International Labour Organization Better Work Programme . We hope you find this information helpful.
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Given that the majority of responses I've seen to this post were negative or about disappointment in REI, I just wanted to share my gratitude to you @AJH for calling out REI and asking for their support in this measure. I, for one, would prefer not to see ad's on facebook at all. But while we are subjected to ad content while we use the platform I think it is necessary to hold facebook at least partially responsible for the content that they profit from. Thank you @REI co-op for taking a more vocal position and in supporting BLM! Please don't stop here, we need more diversity in the outdoors!
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@WildalaskaKen thanks for reaching out about a product idea you have! The best way to submit this to REI is through our email@example.com email address, noting that although we review all submissions, we aren't able to respond to all. Also, unfortunately, due to COVID, our Spring Innovator Series was cancelled although we anticipate hosting more in the future.
To answer your question about products made in China - we look around the world for the best factories to make REI's brand gear and apparel. Our sourcing decisions are based on factories' technical expertise and ability to deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices and in alignment with our values. We have found some of those quality in domestic factories and partner with them, however a portion of our products are, and will continue to be, produced outside the United States. We routinely explore new opportunities for local manufacturing.
We had a related and spirited conversation here in the community not long ago, if you were interested in hearing from other community members on this topic.
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