Sustainability & Compliance
We strive to meet or exceed industry standards, and are continually assessing opportunities for advancement.
STORMTECH is on a mission to make clothing more sustainable through product design, sourcing, and compliance. Backed by a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, we firmly believe that making a quality product is the first step toward responsible textile production. The introduction of Pure Earth ™ by STORMTECH represents another important milestone in our 45-year journey built on this principle. The following initiatives, certifications, and accreditations further support our goal of reducing the environmental impact associated with the manufacturing of our products.
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RESPONSIBLE SOURCING PRACTICES
STORMTECH is firmly committed to selling products that are manufactured under legal, safe, and fair working conditions in factories where employees are treated fairly.
Our Ethical Sourcing Policy is designed to ensure that our global sourcing supply chain operates in compliance to STORMTECH’s requirements and all applicable laws governing issues such as child labor, forced labor, wages, benefits, working hours, harassment, health and safety and factory security.
It is mandatory for all STORMTECH suppliers to agree and adhere to the STORMTECH Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is enforced through our social compliance process. We monitor each supplier for social compliance on a periodic basis at the required frequency based on the risk assessment and prior audit findings. Stormtech’s supply chain is built on strong, transparent, and trusted partnerships. Over the years STORMTECH has developed a very strong global sourcing network that is based on long term partnership and business relationships.
Our supply chain contains nominated TIER 2 textile mills and TIER 1 garment/bags/accessories suppliers, that can manufacture just about any product.
Compliance assessments for both tiers suppliers are executed on regular basis and that includes factories assessment on social compliance, fire and electrical safety, structural building safety, security, etc.
All active suppliers’ facilities used for STORMTECH orders are audited regularly by reputable and credible third-party monitoring organizations, mandated by the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP), Fair Labor Association (FLA), Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and by several other certified monitoring organizations.
Our responsible sourcing practices require pre-qualifying of new factories before commencing work. Most of the manufacturing partners in our supply chain are BSCI and WRAP certified and many other factories are certified by ISO, FLA,QCA, among other key associations.
STORMTECH promises to provide safe, quality products that meet customer’s health and safety expectations. All STORMTECH products imported into Canada, USA, Europe, and third party shipments follow strict adherence to product safety laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they are sold.
STORMTECH products are in compliance with the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), California’s Proposition 65, Restricted Substance List (RSL), The European Union’s General Product Safety Directive.
Products undergo regular testing for flammability, lead, phthalates and other harmful substances as required.
PRODUCT QUALITY ASSURANCE
At STORMTECH, we take pride in ensuring our products are tested and inspected at the highest level of performance. Our products are tested through third party accredited testing laboratories according to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA). We also conduct independent, third party quality inspection audits at every factory that manufactures STORMTECH products to ensure the quality complies with our standards requirements established within the STORMTECH fabric and apparel performance testing protocol.
STORMTECH is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and therefore we encourage our business partners to comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations in the country of operation.
At STORMTECH we promote environmental stewardship in all aspects of the product procurement and manufacturing process. That is why all new products have been PFC-free since 2018.