Manufacturing countries

Marimekko’s own textile printing factory in Helsinki prints all Marimekko fabrics sold by metre, all kitchen textiles as well as some of the fabrics used for clothing and bags – around a million metres per year. In addition, products are manufactured by skilled partner supplier network in Europe and Asia. Almost 70 per cent of Marimekko products are manufactured in Europe and about a third elsewhere.

Below you can find the division of manufacturing per country in 2018.

Sourcing principles

With the help of skilful and diverse supply chain we can offer our customers a wide range of high-quality products. Our objective is to always find  the best manufacturing place for each product category. Regardless of where the products are made, we pay special attention to the manufacturing conditions and our employees visit the factories regularly.

Marimekko’s sourcing is guided by principles of responsible sourcing and Code of Conduct for suppliers. We are also a member of the European amfori BSCI initiative, which aims at promoting the monitoring of and improving working conditions in global supply chains. Purchase agreements signed with the suppliers bind the supplier to comply with the International Labour Organisation Conventions and the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. Adherence to the Code of Conduct is monitored with own factory visits. Outside of Europe, factory audits are conducted also by independent auditors specialized in factory audits.

Suppliers

Good and competent suppliers play a key role in Marimekko’s competitiveness. In 2018, our products were manufactured by around 80 partners at roughly 100 factories. Many of the contract manufacturers used by the company are long-term partners. You can find information about Marimekko’s most significant suppliers and manufacturers here.

Printing factory

Finland is still an important manufacturing country for Marimekko: in our own printing factory in Helsinki around million metres of fabric is printed every year. Fabric printing and design expertise has always been the core of our business. New printed fabrics and the products made from them result from teamwork between specialists in several different fields, and it is particularly important that our designers are able to work close to the production facility. The overall trend in the sector is completely different, but we want to go against the trend because we believe that being a pioneer in pattern design goes hand-in-hand with in-house production. Having in-house manufacturing is extremely important for product development. The base fabrics for our own printing factory are sourced, for example, from Germany, Portugal, Turkey and Peru.

We’re so proud of our printing factory that we have made a video about it for you to watch at Youtube.

Human rights in supply chain

Marimekko has strong values, which together we call Marimekko Spirit. One of our values, “fairness to everything and everyone” reaches to our own personnel and our customers, but also to our supply chain – for example, to workers who manufacture Marimekko products. For us it is important that our actions have a positive impact on people’s daily lives, whether they are our customers or workers in our supply chain.

We are committed to respect human rights in all our operations. At the same time we recognize that our operations might have impact in areas where values, practices, and conditions for the realization of human rights can vary. Our approach to human rights is based on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). According to them, in addition that the governments have the obligation to protect human rights, companies have a responsibility to respect human rights and to avoid the violation of human rights in all their operations.

Respect for human rights is included in Marimekko’s Supplier Code of Conduct which includes principles for example against child labor and forced labor, the right for the workers to organize and the right to equal treatment. We monitor the realization of human rights in the supply chain both ourselves and with the help of third party audits. We also recognize that the risks of human rights violations in their supply chain extend from the suppliers with whom we have a business relationship, further, to raw material producers. We assess the risks of human rights violations in our value chain based on for example product or material to be sourced, country of origin and type of production process.

Children’s rights are particularly important to us and we do not accept the use of child labor. We recognize that, for example, in certain cotton cultivation areas use of child labor still exists. For this reason, we have joined the international Cotton Pledge initiatives by Responsible Sourcing Network and do not currently accept Uzbek or Turkmen cotton in our products. It is challenging to ensure that human rights are fully respected through our value chain, but we are determinedly and persistently working on the transparency of our sourcing and on developing the production conditions together with our suppliers. We also collaborate with others, through initiatives such as the amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).