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30 D+C Vol.42.2015:2 safe and healthy working conditions and legally binding employment contracts. What is a “living wage”? The FWF defines it as a wage that not only meets the basic needs of workers and their families, but also provides some discretionary income. Basic needs include housing – including electricity –, food, drink- ing water, clothing, health care, education, child care, transport and even some savings. The living wage varies per country. The FWF determines the exact numbers based on years of research and devel- opment. Does your sustainability strategy include shipping? Yes, we try to avoid air transport. For example, we use trucks and ships to transport fabrics from the spinning and weaving mills in Turkey to the garment factories in Turkey and Tunisia. Moreover, we meas- ure our headquarter’s carbon emissions and do our best o reduce them. Finally, we compensate for re- maining emissions by investing in sustainable energy projects and emission reductions in other places. The supply chain is long. It starts on cotton farms and passes through several processing stages. Where are your jeans produced? Like most denim brands, Kuyichi does not have its own fabric mills or sewing factories. Instead, we rely on suppliers who are responsible for their part of the production process. Our organic cotton is grown in Turkey and Kyrgizstan. The fabrics are made in Tur- key and Italy. The stitching is done in Turkey and Tunisia, and so is the laundering. Zippers, fasteners, buttons and rivets come from Germany; labels from Italy. You’ll find detailed information on our website. How do you make sure that all suppliers stick to your social and ecological requirements? We carefully choose and monitor all suppliers, taking into account various criteria, including environmen- tal aspects, working conditions and product quality. We visit factories regularly and establish long-term relationships with suppliers. Moreover, the FWF reports on Kuyichi’s performance, assesses our pro- gress and indicates what should improve further. FWF audit teams check the factories where our jeans are produced, ensuring that the CoLP is implemented and fostering cooperation between stakeholders. Do your suppliers work exclusively for Kuyichi, or other clients too? All suppliers work for other clients too. The percent- age of production for Kuyichi ranges from less than one percent to about 50 %. Do you sometimes have to deal with problems of suppliers’ reliability or the quality of their work? Kuyichi At Fashion Company Sahel in Tunisia, the denim fabric from the weaving factories is cut and sewn into jeans. The factory has been audited on behalf of Fair Wear Founda- tion (FWF) since ­December 2013.

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