Embedding Transparency

Mapping our supply chain is an essential piece of work in increasing transparency and supports us in managing and mitigating global sourcing risks.

As a well-established practice – and as a starting point for our human rights due-diligence – we have been able to gain visibility of our entire first-tier suppliers, and in order to further our efforts, we have partnered with Segura, a cloud-based platform which provides next generation transparency, harmonising supply chain management and compliance – which is enabling us to reach further tiers, with the aim of eventually reaching our raw materials.

In addition to this – and to demonstrate a first steps towards radical transparency – we have contributed to the Open Apparel Registry, which aims to resolve an important challenge that the industry has been struggling with for several years – the lack of a single facility identifier for garment factories in the apparel sector which is affiliated with the brands who use them. We believe this development is key in our industry and will support current and future brand and stakeholder collaborations on an array of factory level activities, ranging from joint remediation to collaborative worker-centred training programmes.

Our global network of suppliers, factories, and partners are carefully chosen for their expertise and ability to source the best materials, as well as their ability to meet progressive social and environmental standards, supporting us to deliver the exceptional pieces we are known for.

Currently our products are manufactured in 88 first-tier factory sites across 13 countries. Whistles’ factory relationships are managed through an external network of 52 suppliers, of which 41 are direct and 11 are agents. Whistle’s top 10 sourcing countries are China, Turkey, Portugal, India, Spain, Mauritius, Macedonia, Indonesia, Italy and Romania, representing 99% of purchased volumes this year.

See our Modern Slavery Statement to learn about the structure of our supply chain.