Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Kate Sylvester takes a considered and kind approach to everything we do. These principles guide the way we make our clothes, our business practice and the community we surround ourselves with. Our pursuit of these values is a commitment that permeates all aspects of the business. We endeavour to take a responsible and ethical approach to design, creating beautiful garments that are built to last a lifetime. We want to ensure that people and the environment are not disadvantaged by the production of Kate Sylvester product by taking a sustainable approach to business practice, creating a supply chain that respects our environment, and taking care of the people within our community.


The Kate Sylvester Code of Conduct is a shared commitment we have with all our manufacturing partners, including suppliers, outworkers, contractors and subcontractors. This embodies our commitment to workers who manufacture all of our products and ensures that our partners adhere to our values and our ideals. We ensure that all our partners recognise this code of conduct as a guide to ensuring transparency and traceability throughout our supply chain. Our code of conduct is included in all supplier contracts and signing this is a requirement of working with Kate Sylvester. Read our Code of Conduct for more information about our standards surrounding working conditions, forced labour, gender equality, corruption and bribery, discrimination, worker representation and child labour.


80-90% of our Kate Sylvester collection and 60% of our entire product offering is made in New Zealand and we are incredibly proud to support our local garment production industry. We work with 22 amazing local partners who specialise in their own unique crafts that cover all parts of our garment production process including cutting, making, finishing, pressing, pleating, printing and more. When production in New Zealand is not possible, we work with 6 boutique manufacturing businesses and 6 fabric mills in China. They are based in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces and we have been working with them for between 5 and 8 years. These small, specialised factories have between 20 and 50 highly skilled staff members and are perfectly suited to the high-quality product we produce. Our final stage manufacturing partners and fabric mills follow the local government policies related to labour rights and environmental protection. All of our New Zealand and Chinese partners have signed our Code of Conduct and share our commitment to our high standards and values. 


At Kate Sylvester we work closely with our fabric mills and suppliers to produce signature fabrics for our brand. These unique fabrics make up to 70% of our collection. As a small business buying small amounts of fabric to make our limited garment runs, traceability of fabrics and base materials can be incredibly challenging as we lack the buying power and influence to demand full disclosure. We have a special transparency project underway to trace the fabrics and base materials that comprise the our collection, many of which are end of line fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfill. 

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