La Sportiva Italy Factory

La Sportiva Italy possesses a strong passion for the mountains and the environment this is why there is always a consciousness of what kind of impact the factory has on the outdoor world. By using a proactive approach to business La Sportiva Italy can critically check existing processes as well as do extensive research to develop ways of reducing negative impacts and creating the best possible product for its consumers.

La Sportiva owns and operates its own state-of-the-art factory in Italy. This small, 150 person, factory is truly an anomaly in today's footwear world characterized by hyper-competitiveness and extreme pricing pressures which have lead most modern outdoor footwear companies to the solution of outsourced production contractors. Our factory is located in Ziano di Fiemme, a small mountain village in the heart of the Italian Dolomites. The tradition and heritage of handmade footwear lives on in this magical alpine valley existing in the shadows of jagged limestone peaks and glaciated valleys where alpine masters such as Bonatti and Messner plied their craft.

Fair Labor and Monitoring

In order to make an impact and promote socially acceptable production conditions, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) participants have adopted this Fair Labor Code of Conduct. To adopt the Code and become a Participant, a company shall declare its support for the OIA Fair Labor Code of Conduct and seek to conform to the Code and its standards. The Code of Conduct outlines standards to ensure that working conditions in the outdoor industry supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible.

We have three levels of monitoring. We analyze the risk factors of a particular manufacturing partner and determine which type of compliance evaluation to utilize.

Basic Monitoring (SE) - the audit can be completed by the manufacturing partner, providing details of their operation as they pertain to the FLCC. We often use this monitoring process with trusted partners that can document completion independent third party auditing with other customers.
In-depth (ISE) - this is a series of steps that our QA staff can follow to actively verify compliance with the FLCC. The audit covers all health and safety aspects of the Code, but does not involve a review of wage and hourly documentation or worker interviews.
Full Audit (3P) - A full audit of all elements of the FLCC carried out by an independent third part audit firm. The 3P audit includes all elements of the ISE audit, as well as review of wage and hour documentation and worker interviews.

Country of Origin

La Sportiva brand products sold in North America are manufactured in six factories in three countries. Our factories in Italy manufacture about 60% of our products. Factories in China and Vietnam manufacture 28% and 12%, respectively.

The country of origin of all our products is clearly marked on the box and on the product. We do not engage in the deceptive practice of making the components of our shoes in one place and shipping these to another location for assembly. This misleading process can be employed to make the components (uppers, midsoles, outsoles) in a country where labor costs are low, and to then ship these components to a another country for assembly. This process allows the manufacturer to label their products "Made in the U.S.A.", for example, without actually making any of the components in the U.S.A. While completely legal, this practice is misleading.

At La Sportiva we pledge transparency in reporting country of origin. When we write "Made in" we mean manufactured and assembled in.

Quality Management

The ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 families are among ISO's most widely known standards ever. ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 standards are implemented by some 887,770 organizations in 161 countries. ISO 9001 has become an international reference for quality management requirements in business-to-business dealings, and ISO 14000 is well on the way to achieving as much, if not more, in enabling organizations to meet their environmental challenges.

The ISO 9001 family is primarily concerned with "quality management". This means what the organization does to fulfill:

  • the customer's quality requirements, and
  • applicable regulatory requirements, while aiming to
  • enhance customer satisfaction, and
  • achieve continual improvement of its performance in pursuit of these objectives.

The ISO 14000 family is primarily concerned with "environmental management". This means what the organization does to:

  • minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and to
  • achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance.