DATA

THE PROS:

Nisolo owns the factory it manufactures its shoes in. The brand reports that this allows it more direct control to implement better working conditions and social impact programs.

Nisolo is currently interviewing all employees to determine a living wage based on their monthly fixed costs. Nisolo’s wages are currently 36% higher than Peru’s minimum wage.

Nisolo has helped 31 employees open a bank account, 29 of whom had never had one before.

THE CONS:

The brand does not communicate the environmental impact of its supply chain.

We don’t have any information on how the brand monitors the environmental practices of its supply chain.

The brand does not have a publicly available supplier code of conduct.

/ As of September 2016, Nisolo employs 245 people worldwide.

/ Nisolo owns the factory it manufactures its shoes in. The brand reports that this allows it more direct control to implement better working conditions and social impact programs.

/ The brand has one brick & mortar store in Nashville, Tennessee. Nisolo reports that e-commerce makes up the bulk of the brand’s sales.

/ In 2016, Nisolo is projected to manufacture approximately 25,000 pairs of shoes.

/ Nisolo states that its products last anywhere from 2 years (low end of shoe lifetime) to 50+ years (accessories and bag collection).

/ Nisolo owns the factory it manufactures its shoes in. The brand reports that this allows it more direct control to implement better working conditions and social impact programs.

/ Nisolo states that it has a direct relationship with its manufacturers in Peru, Kenya, and Mexico.

/ On a monthly basis, Nisolo offers tours to customers and others who are interested in seeing the company’s shoe factory in Peru.

/ Customers and others interested in Nisolo’s social and environmental impact are put in touch with the company’s social impact associate who often connects with them directly over Skype. We contacted the brand and are waiting to hear back from them.

/ The brand does not communicate the environmental impact of its supply chain.

/ In 2016, in Nisolo’s Fabric of Change Awards entry, the brand states its producers have experienced an income increase of 161% since starting with Nisolo, 95% of its producers’ children are in school and 100% of those who are in university will be first time graduates in the families’ history.

/ The brand reports that the number of its shoemakers who have been able to save for the first time in their lives has increased from 20% to 70%.

/ Nisolo is currently interviewing all employees to determine a living wage based on their monthly fixed costs. Nisolo’s wages are currently 36% higher than Peru’s minimum wage.

/ All of Nisolo’s Peru employees work on contract, most of whom are doing so for the first time in their lives. Centro Nacional de Planeamiento Estratégico reports that 87% of employment in the region where the company’s factory is based takes place in the informal sector.

/ The brand carries out an impact report biannually.

/ Nisolo pursued a relationship and released its latest collection with Blue Artisan Group. Blue Artisan Group in Mexico uses vegetable tanning on its leather.

/ Nisolo reports that it uses its purchasing power in Peru to educate and improve its suppliers’ tanning procedures.

/ Nisolo’s suppliers buy leather from small scale farmers. The brand states that the leather hide is a bi-product of the meat industry.

/ The brand’s jewellery maker uses recycled materials like water taps and padlocks for the casted pieces.

/ We don’t have any information on how the brand monitors the environmental practices of its supply chain.

/ Nisolo is currently interviewing all employees to determine a living wage based on their monthly fixed costs.

/ Nisolo is working to get B­Corp certified (likely to happen in 2017). The company is currently implementing B­Corp standards in its manufacturing centers in Peru and Kenya.

/ Nisolo intends to educate consumers and build awareness that you can have a fairly priced, high quality product that’s produced ethically.

/ Nisolo reports that it will grow its workforce in Trujillo to over 500 individuals, including more people in the brand’s existing initiatives.

 

/ The brand reports that members of the Nisolo team are engaged in mentorship and volunteering activities across several organizations.

 

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO, Patrick Woodyard, made in the last financial year.

/ The brand reports that members of the Nisolo team are engaged in mentorship and volunteering activities across several organizations.

 

/ Nisolo measures the social impact it has on its employees and their families by performing a biannual evaluation that draws questions from the Progress Out of Poverty Index and Human Development Index.

/ Nisolo is currently working on a project to get a live camera feed on its website to show customers the environment its factory workers operate in (with consent from all Nisolo Peru employees). The company would also place a camera in its Nashville office to share its feed with Nisolo Peru employees.

/ Nisolo owns the factory it manufactures its shoes in. The brand reports that this allows it more direct control to implement better working conditions and social impact programs.

/ Nisolo has helped 31 employees open a bank account, 29 of whom had never had one before.

VOICES

ROBERT MARSHALL | HYPEBEAST

“Nisolo was founded on a simple set of principles: its founders wanted to create refined, quality-made goods that could journey through urban streets and park trails, while ethically sourcing the best materials from craftsmen around the world.” – 02/29/2016


 

PATRICK WOODYARD, CO-FOUNDER & CEO | THE TRUE COST

“The ethical fashion space needs a success story from a brand that was founded in response to the woes of the industry–a brand our generation can identify with that meets the demands, attention spans, and luxuries of millennials, but that also stands for something great.”

ZOE CLEARLY, CO-FOUNDER | THE GOOD TRADE

“We’ve seen that by providing a specific set of inputs, we are able to improve the livelihoods of our producers, their children, and future generations. These inputs include: producer access to the global market, access to capital via our in-house microlending program, participation in our in-house savings program, stable and fair compensation, safe working conditions, healthcare coverage, paid vacation, pension funds, unemployment coverage, stipends for transportation to work, as well as bi-weekly skills training and capacity building programming.”

MARIA JULIA, NISOLO EMPLOYEE

“Nisolo is different from any other place I have worked because I receive stable work and a consistent salary. With that, I know my future income, can make a budget, and even save.”