About Us

about-us

OUR HERITAGE

1973. NEW ZEALAND.

Bruce McIntyre started making packs in his parents’ Christchurch garage under the name Macpac. He simply wanted to make better backpacks that were practical, authentic and technical which would last the distance in New Zealand’s rugged, unforgiving terrain. Quality was paramount.


2014. NEW ZEALAND.

Still based in our hometown of Christchurch; Macpac has developed into one of the world’s most trusted and respected outdoor brands, sold in more than 30 countries around the globe. We may have grown up a little but we are still passionate about the values Bruce established more than 40 years ago. We are the authentic, technical clothing and equipment brand for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s commuting in the city, walking the dog in the park, exploring the trails in the forest, travelling the globe, or scaling the world’s highest peaks. From the city to the mountains and everywhere in between.

 

OUR MANIFESTO

At Macpac we want to share the outdoors. Get out there and be part of the adventure, JUMP IN, get involved. We live in one of the best places on Earth, we say CHERISH FREEDOM and go explore. We ENCOURAGE CURIOSITY, go and GET LOST in your thoughts, in nature. Our planet is irreplaceable, look after it for future generations, LEAVE NO TRACE when you leave. CHALLENGE YOURSELF to get out from behind the screen and participate, to live, to appreciate the outdoors WHENEVER, WHEREVER. Share your adventures, share your discoveries, SPREAD THE WORD. Build a community, MAKE FRIENDS. Be curious, be brave, have fun. From the city to the mountains and everywhere in between. DISCOVER THE WORLD, DISCOVER YOUR BACKYARD.

MACPAC
WHATEVER YOUR ADVENTURE.

 

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN PHILOSOPHY

Here at Macpac, we’re firm believers that sustainability starts with quality products that last – but before products, come our people, and we’re dedicated to providing a safe and happy working environment for all who contribute to our brand. From our carefully selected factories, to our stores and head office, we’re committed to ensuring all of our workplaces align with our high ethical standards, and we have a number of processes in place to ensure all of our employees – direct and indirect – feel safe and respected in their roles.

Our Supply Partners

Manufacturing, Textile and Raw Material suppliers: China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Italy, Japan, Korea and America.

supplier world map
supplier factory images

 

OUR SOCIAL COMPLIANCE POLICY

  1. Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulation
    Employers will comply with Local Government Laws and Regulations in all locations where they conduct business.

  2. Prohibition of Forced Labour
    There shall be no use of forced labour, including prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour, human trafficking, slavery or other forms of forced labour.

  3. Child Labour
    Employers will not hire any employee under the age of 16. If the legal age for employment is higher than 16, then the higher age shall apply. 
    In the case of hazardous work, the minimum age is 18.

  4. Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse
    Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.

  5. Compensation and Benefits
    Employers recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Employees shall be paid, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
    OVERTIME: In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.

  6. Hours of Work/Overtime
    Employers shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. 
    The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours.  
    Employers shall allow workers at least one day of rest in every seven-day period. 
    All overtime work shall be consensual. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.

  7. Prohibition of Discrimination
    Employees will be hired, paid, promoted and terminated on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. No person shall be subject to discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, nationality, political opinion, social or ethnic origin.

  8. Health and Safety
    Employers will provide:
    1. a safe and healthy work environment
    2. written safety and health policies and procedures
    3. provide training and adequate equipment to ensure workplace safety practices.
    4. Where residential housing is provided for workers, Participants will be provided safe and healthy housing.

  9. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
    Employers will recognize and respect the freedom of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association and collective bargaining. Where the right to freedom of association is restricted under law, vendors must allow their employees to raise with the vendors’ representatives any job related grievances the employees may have, without penalty or reprisal.

  10. Environment
    Participants recognize that environmental responsibility is integral to producing world-class products. In manufacturing operations, adverse effects on the environment and natural resources are to be minimized while safeguarding the health and safety of the public. Participants will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.

Macpac Compliance & Policies

 

Macpac Vendor Manual Macpac Social Compliance Manual Macpac Responsible Sourcing Manual