Overall Rating: Certified

Shop: Mens | Womens

Home Country: USA

“Leather shoes meets fair wages”

Nisolo is a B corp certified brand that makes products from responsibly sourced leather; they believe in shoe making as an artform and also make belts, bags, and other accessories for men and women. Nisolo features an Ethical Marketplace of other sustainable products from different brands that meet Nisolo’s Code of Conduct.

Overall Rating: Certified

Shop: Mens | Womens

Home Country: USA

“Leather shoes meets fair wages”

Eco-Stylist Certified
Nisolo is a B corp certified brand that makes products from responsibly sourced leather; they believe in shoe making as an artform and also make belts, bags, and other accessories for men and women. Nisolo features an Ethical Marketplace of other sustainable products from different brands that meet Nisolo’s Code of Conduct.

Transparency

Two Leaves Earned
Rated: Good
  • They disclose the location of their factories which receive third-party audits to ensure transparency.
  • They visit raw material suppliers to ensure compliance with Nisolo’s Code of Conduct.
  • Check out Nisolo’s audit, ACCOUNTABLE, a reporting system that provides insights on their social impact of employment and manufacturing.
  • Nisolo operates across four countries: Peru, Kenya, Mexico and the U.S. Although 70% of their products are produced in Trujillo, Peru.
  • Nisolo can improve Transparency by sharing information about their manufacturers prior to the final production stage.

Fair Labor

Three Leaves Earned
Rated: Excellent
  • Nisolo’s average producer earns 33% above fair trade wages; these wages are ensured by their Code of Conduct.
  • Nisolo shares their workers lowest wages and are working on getting 3rd party verification of their second and third tier suppliers. 
  • One way Nisolo invests in workers is with a standard process for receiving feedback from producers. 
  • Many producers also receive healthcare through their employment.
  • Nisolo has partnered with ABLE, in the #lowestwagechallenge, a movement that aims to protect the most vulnerable workers. 
  • Nisolo offers their producers and families self development programs on topics such as technical skills development, health, nutrition, English, physical education, yoga and a financial literacy program that has allowed producers to open bank accounts.

Sustainably Made

One Leaf Earned
Rated: Fair
  • Nisolo uses vegetable dyes for tanning leather.
  • Nisolo only sources leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry as opposed to animals being raised solely for leather.
  • Nisolo ships products in recyclable packaging.
  • Nisolo has partnered with Ecosphere+ to protect the threatened forest of Cordillera Azul of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and the livelihoods of its indigenous communities and to offset their carbon emissions.
  • Nisolo recycles pairs of shoes by giving them to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries, allowing them to resell the shoes within their communities. Check out their partnership with Soles4Souls.
  • Nisolo can improve Sustainably Made by protecting raw material producers through certified suppliers.

Last Updated: 03/28/21.

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