Sports Philosophy

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ABOUT

Founded by: Stella Heng & Matthias Tietze

Launched in: 2015

Brand story:

An ethical Activewear brand with a mission to fight child labour through our own charity, The Freedom for Children Foundation.

After years in corporate jobs, Stella and Matthias decided to launch the “world’s first truly ethical sportswear brand”. Sports Philosophy is all about pushing boundaries and encouraging creativity. Our collections include a range of unique prints, reflective art and performance features; and are made with carefully sourced materials that are breathable, sweat-wicking, UV-protective and piling-resistant. 

Each piece is designed with the idea of versatility, style and practicality. Looking good in the gym has never been easier and never look out of place going to and from your workout, or even running straight to brunch after a yoga session. 

We see Sports Philosophy as a platform to promote a long-term and sustainable path to supporting social change. This is what sets us apart from others. We want to run a company that gives back to society. Whatever it is that we do, our actions are likely to impact others. As part of our company philosophy, we merge for-profit and non-profit to support a social cause.

As we probably don’t have to tell you, the garment industry has a huge problem with child labour and we are here to fight it. Through our charity, the Freedom for Children Foundation, we support a range of projects. Child labour is a complex issue, but our overall goal is simple and clear: Sports Philosophy pledges to commit at least 10% of all its profits to the Freedom for Children Foundation with an overall goal to invest a total of £1,000,000 by 2022.


OUR FACTORIES

Number of factories: 1

Factory 1 – Lomartex

  • Function: Development, sourcing and production
  • Location: Portugal
  • Number of employees: 50
  • Years working with Sports Philosophy: 3
  • Policies, procedures & certifications: N/A
  • Average hours / day: 8 (40 hour week)
  • Average hourly pay: 3.7 EURO*
  • Number of visits / year: 4-6
  • Sub-contractors: Yes – a sublimation factory and a bonding factory
  • Other information: All workers are above the age of 18 and receive two breaks in addition to an hour lunch break.

*Employees work 40 hour weeks. 3.7 EUR multiplied by 40 hour weeks, multiplied by 52 weeks per year equates to 7,696 EUR per year. This is 641 EUR per month, above the national minimum monthly wage of 580 EUR per month (source).

OUR FABRICS

Our collections include a range of unique prints, reflective art and performance features; and are made with carefully sourced materials that are breathable, sweat-wicking, UV-protective and piling-resistant. 

Fabric Supplier – Carvico

  • Function: Fabric supplier
  • Location: Italy
  • Number of employees: 830
  • Years working with Sports Philosophy: 3
  • Policies & certifications: Green Vision Policy; Oeko-Tex certification, M&S Premier Accreditation Scheme
  • Average hours / day: Not disclosed
  • Average hourly pay: Not disclosed
  • Number of visits / year: 2 audits
  • Sub-contractors: No

Fabric Supplier – Eurojersey

  • Function: Fabric supplier
  • Location: Italy
  • Number of employees: 400
  • Years working with Sports Philosophy: 2
  • Policies & certifications: EPD Environmental Certification; Climate Certification; Environmental Policy; Oeko-Tex Certification
  • Average hours / day: Not disclosed
  • Average hourly pay: Not disclosed
  • Number of visits / year: Not disclosed
  • Sub-contractors: No
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