kybun AG mainly uses leather from Europe, North America and South America to make the uppers of its kyBoot shoes. A small proportion of our leather goods come from South Korea and India. Conditions in leather-making plants in India came under fire in an item broadcast by SRF in its ‘Kassensturz’ programme on 16 December 2014, which showed images that were hard to stomach. kybun AG has no association whatsoever with such production processes and conditions. It is important to kybun AG, however, that following this disturbing item, not all tanneries are cast in such a poor light. Even before the critical spotlight fell on leather production, kybun AG has always cared about animal welfare and production conditions at its various suppliers. In light of the TV programme, we have again reviewed our relationship with the Indian tannery and cooperation will continue, with a clear conscience.
Our Indian supplier is a joint venture with a well-known Italian tannery. Managers have given their assurances that the allegations made in the consumer affairs programme are in no way connected to their operation. The tannery does not buy skins from such slaughterhouses. It treats staff well and complies with EU health and environment rules. It also guarantees that the leather contains no banned substances.
As you know, people’s well-being is at the heart of what kybun AG does. It is what drives the company. By producing products that are beneficial to health such as the kyBoot, kyBounder, kyTrainer and kySsen, our aim is to make a positive contribution to people’s lives. In this respect, kybun AG is not only concerned about the health of its end customers and staff. It also makes every effort to ensure that working conditions are as good as possible for those working for its suppliers. Wherever in the world they may be. This is one of the reasons why kybun AG has no wish and is not in a position to pursue a low-price strategy – not least to protect people, animals and the environment. Such an approach to sustainable production comes at a price, but this price is worth it for us.
kybun AG would like to thank its similarly health-minded customers for their loyalty and therefore for supporting production processes that promote people’s health in keeping with our times and values.