Today, Oliberté footwear debuts on The Clymb with men’s footwear made from 100% natural leather and in Africa. Yes, Africa.
Oliberté currently operates in Liberia, Ethiopia, and Kenya, providing thousands of Africans with safe working environments, fair pay, and an opportunity to help stimulate their countries’ economies and support their middle class.
Each factory is chosen by Oliberté’s ‘fair play’ code and closely monitored to ensure that they comply with the company’s standards and practices: They require that all of their leather tanneries are either ISO 14001 certified or at minimum, have water treatment plants that are constantly inspected, the leather is sourced from cows, sheep, and goats that are free range and hormone free, and they offer an excellent recycling program where they will take back your used Oliberté shoes and reuse the materials.
Nearly 50% of the workforce is comprised of women, including roles in junior and senior administrative positions, and they’re provided job security through maternity leave. Oliberté looks to further improve their work environments by implementing health and life insurance, training, and credit saving programs. They’re also hoping to expand in the next few years with factories in Cameroon, Congo, Uganda and Zambia.
You can stay updated on Oliberté’s efforts on their blog.