Blundstone is 100% Tasmanian privately-owned and a family company. Our Headquarters (HQ) is in Hobart and we also manufacture our gumboots in Tasmania, with the factory based at HQ. The factory has the capacity to produce 400,000 pairs of gumboots each year.
Our leather products are produced in Vietnam, India, China, Mexico and Thailand to continue to supply the quality boots you know and love for an ever-expanding global market. As we’ve expanded production capability to meet demand, we’ve kept—and continue to keep—a firm eye on the ethical standards of the manufacturers that produce our boots.
For us to be involved with a supplier, we must be satisfied that they comply with strict requirements regarding how they treat their people and their environment. We research internationally for supply sources and demand not only stringent quality standards but healthy labour conditions and working environments. We employ our own inspectors on-site at all manufacturing locations to ensure this occurs.
This means that respect for human rights and compliance with labour laws are high on the agenda. It’s written into our Factory Workplace Code of Conduct (Code) and our Factory Labour Practice Certification that we insist upon. Not only do our partners sign up to these, but they must ensure employees are informed about them and agree to periodic audits for compliance.
Our requirements for ethical behaviour ensure there’s no forced or child labour, harassment or abuse, or discrimination. We encourage appropriate health and safety practices, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages and benefits, hours of work, overtime compensation, and environmental standards.
Doing the right thing is part of who we are. As a family-owned company with a long and proud heritage, we have a firm commitment to behaving as an ethical global citizen.