With The Chesterfield Brand, we want to prove that things can be done differently and that the combination of affordability and quality does exist. By focusing on both our product and conditions under which the people, that are involved with our production process, live and work in, we create a situation that benefits all parties optimally. With this combination of transparency, honesty and integrity, we want to establish a new industry standard and be a source of inspiration for others.
How do we establish this?
By ensuring that all operations in the production process are carried out following the European standards. We make sure that all used materials are acquired with the utmost respect for the people and the environment. By managing a supply chain that is as short as possible, we keep control over all processes, this way, we can guarantee the quality and affordability of our products. Accordingly, The Chesterfield Brand can offer high margins to our retailers, to reward their investment and efforts.
Corporate Social Responsibility
When we started importing leather products from India in 1988 we worked hard on the compliance with the international rules of our factories. After 5 years of intensive training and investment in the factories we came to the conclusion that the factories didn't want to work according to our high standard, so we stopped the import from India for 10 years. In 2003 we went back to India and started intensive cooperations with 6 factories who were willing to set up real compliant factories. With these factories we, The Chesterfield Brand, made a commitment and we build up a solid working atmosphere in those factories.
Working in a safe working environment
Our main factory is located in Kolkata, outside the industrial area. Four years ago, our partner who is in charge of the leather facility decided to build a new factory especially for The Chesterfield Brand. This factory is built in a green environment where there are good living conditions for the employees. In this way we can provide work for 250 people in a safe working environment. A large part of the production process takes place in this factory, from cutting the leather to sewing the bags together. The factory is divided into layers. On the top floor, is the showroom where the latest developments are discussed and on the bottom floor the bags are packed and shipped for transport. The factory has the latest technologies, all materials are cut with a laser and a large part is automated. In addition, each department has its own inspectors to guarantee consistent quality.
“During my many travels in India I have unfortunately seen many unsuitable working conditions. For this reason, a good working and living environment in the factories of The Chesterfield Brand is incredibly important to me.” – Koos Hoving CEO & Founder
Our factories are affiliated with the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), an association of European manufacturers that, among other things, combat forced labor and discrimination and guarantee minimum wages. The factory is SA8000 (Social Accountability) certified, thereby guaranteeing a safe and healthy working environment with clean sanitary facilities and clean drinking water. Because we feel personally responsible for this, the factory is visited on average 6 times a year. As a result, we are closely involved in the development and quality of the leather and the working conditions of the employees.
We are convinced that perfection can only be achieved by respecting people and nature. At The Chesterfield Brand, we do everything to guarantee this.