Frequently Asked Questions
What does social responsibility mean to Marimekko?
Marimekko’s responsibility thinking is based on our view of Marimekko as a house which respects people and their environment around the world. Marimekko wants to be a fair employer and a trustworthy business partner. Every Marimekko employee and everyone else working with us has to have the right to a safe working environment and appropriate treatment.
Where are Marimekko products manufactured?
The majority of Marimekko products is manufactured in Europe and approximately a third elsewhere. High-quality workmanship and manufacturing know-how exist in different parts of the world, and the goal of Marimekko’s sourcing is to find the most competent manufacturer for each product. Sourcing decisions are made one collection at a time, with the aim in long-term partnerships. You can read more about the production and origin of the products here.
Why aren’t all Marimekko products manufactured in Finland?
Marimekko’s product range is very wide and, all the required production capacity, special machinery, manufacturing skills, materials and supplies cannot be found in Finland. Marimekko’s design and product development are done in Finland and the majority of Marimekko products is manufactured in Europe, but high-quality workmanship and manufacturing know-how exist also in different parts of the world. As a global company we have a global manufacturing network and we aim at finding the most suitable manufacturer for each product.
How are Marimekko products priced?
We aim at pricing our products so that as many consumers as possible have the possibility to buy them, without compromising on quality. For Marimekko’s customers, quality and design are the most important issues and therefore they also guide our sourcing. Product pricing is affected by many things such as the design, quality and amount of materials and supplies, technical details, manufacturing location and production volumes.
Who manufactures Marimekko products?
Marimekko’s interior fabrics are printed in Marimekko’s own textile printing factory in Helsinki. In addition, products are manufactured by suppliers in Finland and abroad, for example in the Baltic countries and Portugal. We strive for long-term partnerships with suppliers and our goal for sourcing is to find the most competent manufacturer for each product. Also production volumes, delivery times, production costs and responsibility aspects such as working conditions and safety practices have an impact on sourcing. Good and competent suppliers play a key role in Marimekko’s competitiveness.
You can learn more about Marimekko suppliers here. To increase transparency, all of Marimekko products have been labeled with the country of origin since 2006.
How does Marimekko monitor the manufacturing conditions of its products?
Many of Marimekko’s suppliers are long-term partners of the company. Communication between Marimekko and its suppliers is on-going, for example through regular factory visits by Marimekko personnel. Marimekko is also a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which contributes to improving working conditions and social responsibility in the supply chain. Marimekko’s suppliers are bound by the BSCI Code of Conduct associated with the sourcing contracts. Marimekko monitors suppliers’ compliance with the BSCI Code of Conduct both self and with the help of external auditors. You can read more about Marimekko’s responsible sourcing here.
Where does the cotton used in Marimekko products originate?
The cotton for Marimekko products is sourced from around the world: from the United States, Asia, South America and Africa based on availability, quality, season and price. The base fabrics for the printing factory are mainly weaved in Germany, Peru, Turkey and the Baltic countries. You can read more about the materials Marimekko uses here.
How does Marimekko ensure that cotton used in its products is produced in fair working conditions?
The cotton production chain is long, complex and challenging to trace, as raw cotton fibres are often collected from various regions and countries and blended before spinning to yarn to ensure consistent quality. Marimekko is a small player in the international cotton product market, and since Marimekko does not work directly with cotton farmers, the best way for us to contribute to the development of the sector is together with others. We are the first Finnish company accepted in the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) – an international initiative, which aims at making global cotton production better for the people who produce it and better for the environment by training cotton farmers and creating demand for better cotton through the supply chain. Read more about the initiative here.
Which ecological materials does Marimekko offer to its customers?
Currently, our collection carries some organic cotton and ecologically produced lyocell products in addition to conventional cotton. We increase our selection of ecological materials based on customer demand. In addition, we have joined the Better Cotton Initiative in 2013, which means that we will be gradually adding cotton produced according to the BCI criteria in our collections. Read more about the initiative here.