Fair Labor and Factory Compliance

The gear and apparel we sell comes from sources around the world. At REI we expect workers in the global supply chain to have safe, fair and non-discriminatory working conditions. Because relying solely on local laws and enforcement may not be enough to achieve this goal, REI introduced its factory Code of Conduct in 1993. The code establishes standards of workplace conduct for the factories that manufacture products we sell — both our own REI-brand products (REI and Novara) and the products of other brands.

The breadth of fair labor compliance cannot be accomplished solely by one brand. Accordingly, REI has developed partnerships with associations such as the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC). As an active member in the OIA Social Responsibility Working Group and through the FFC, we enhance leverage, build trust with suppliers and brands and work together to address systemic causes of fair labor violations. REI also contributes to the growth of these collaborative organizations through active participation.

In January 2011, REI and other reputable brands and suppliers joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). As a member of the SAC Founding Circle, REI participates fully in the Environmental and the Fair Labor Working Groups. These groups are developing practical tools for use with and by our respective brands and suppliers to ultimately improve labor relations and working conditions.

We will continue to actively collaborate with our industry and retail peers on common methods and standards to ensure a broader level of compliance within supply chains. Learn more about fair labor at REI in our annual stewardship report.

REI’s Disclosures under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act


  • REI ranks #9 on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For"—our 14th consecutive year on the magazine's list.

  • REI's sourcing standards help ensure that REI-brand products are made under safe and appropriate working conditions.

  • REI's values—authenticity, quality, service, respect, integrity and balance—are reflected in employees' interactions with each other, members, customers and community partners.

  • Every day, nearly 10,000 employees share the co-op's brand, culture and values with members and customers, community partners and the natural world.