Sievi’s Heritage

Sievin Jalkine Oy Was Founded in 1951

Lauri Jokinen founded the company in 1951 in a small cottage in the village of Sievi and employed four shoemakers to make leather boots. The first main product was a general purpose leather topped rubber boot known in Finland as Everyman’s boot, which the company continued to manufacture until 2003.

From Shoemaker’s Workshop to Industrial Enterprise 1960-1970

The idea for safety footwear first arose in 1964 from shipbuilders during a visit to the Helsinki shipyard and it was decided to start production of safety footwear. Our first factory was completed in 1963 and expansion of production facilities and warehousing have followed in about 10-year intervals.

Specialising in Safety Footwear in the 1970’s

In industry, interest in occupational safety started to rise and Sievi already had ready-made products to meet these requirements. Sievi invested heavily to increase production volume and actively trained more skilled personnel. Daily output exceeded 1,000 pairs in 1976.

Steps Towards Internationalisation

In the 1980’s, exports were strengthened through an acquisition in Sweden. In addition to Sweden, Norway and Denmark were the main export destinations, but markets were also investigated in Canada, United Kingdom and Central European countries. In 1991, Sievi became the first safety footwear manufacturer in Europe to receive the ISO 9001 quality system certification and the CE marking right for its entire safety footwear collection. In 1997, Sievi became the first European footwear manufacturer to be certified under the ISO 14001 environmental management system.

Sievi Today

Sievi Today

Sievi Today

Sievi is the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Northern Europe, employing a total of about 500 people. Sievi’s factories are located in Sievi and Oulainen, where more than 1.1 million pairs of footwear are manufactured annually. In 2019, the Sievi Group turnover was EUR 123 million, of which exports accounted for 50 %, covering over 40 different countries.

Sievi’s collection has more than 200 products. In order to ensure fast and efficient delivery of products, Sievi has invested, among other things, in warehouse automation: the 150,000-pair footwear warehouse operates fully automatically.

Sievi continues to invest in modern technology for our future and is investing EUR 15 million in the expansion of production and storage facilities in Sievi. The investment will include automation technology that has not previously been utilised in this industry.

 The extension is scheduled to be completed by autumn 2021 and it will increase the area of the Sievi factories from the current 2.3 hectares to a total of more than 2.8 hectares.

Sievi in the Future

The 70-year legacy provides a strong foundation for building an even better future. In the coming years, investments in manufacturing know-how and state-of-the-art logistics systems will ensure the possibility to strengthen our position as the market leader in Northern Europe. We are a reliable partner for both our customers as well as for our employees. Responsible manufacturing is part of our mode of operation and we are committed to being carbon neutral by 2035.

At Sievi, we create innovations for a healthier and safer working life. We focus on making every day even better for the users of our products in this changing world. For our part, we want to help reduce accidents and to invest in ensuring that our customers receive the most comfortable products on the market also in the future.

 Sievi looks boldly to the future. We have always done things our own way – the Sievi way. This way we have been able to give our customers a unique user experience, the legacy of which we will continue to cherish for years to come.

Sievi-Tools

Pioneers in precision.


We offer our customers fast and flexible machining based on advanced 3D technology, as well as sophicticated mold and tool manufacturing. Our manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2008 certified. We are an approved supplier of mechanical components for Airbus. See also sievitools.fi.

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Sievi’s values

Sievi’s values

Safety:

In Sievi’s operations and products safety is a top priority. Sievi’s operations are based on safe and well-tried working methods. Sievi’s products promote safety in the workplace and during leisure time.

Innovation:

Sievi continuously develops innovative and sustainable solutions for its products and services, which bring added value to customers.

 

Reliability:

Sievi is a reliable partner and an employer who acts decisively, persistently, and in a customer-oriented way. Sievi stands behind its promises.

Efficiency:

Sievi develops more effective operating practices continuously and systematically. The existing resources are being used appropriately by doing the right things as well as possible, in the best interest of the customer, and in order to maintain competitiveness.

 

Sievi Code of Ethics

We comply with responsible and ethical practises. Common ethically acceptable practises strengthen the reliability of Sievi’s operations and promote transparency of our operations in relation to all our stakeholders – customers, personnel and the surrounding society.

Sievi Code of Ethics

We comply with responsible and ethical practises. Common ethically acceptable practises strengthen the reliability of Sievi’s operations and promote transparency of our operations in relation to all our stakeholders – customers, personnel and the surrounding society.

Compliance with laws and regulations

We comply with the legislation in force and the agreements we make. We do not use any illegal or restricting trade practices.
We treat our customers, personnel and other stakeholders equally and fairly. We respect the norms and legal practises of different cultures everywhere we operate.

Taking care of employees

We treat all our employees equally, according to the International Declaration of Human Rights. (UNGC 1) We take care of our personnel’s wellbeing and safety at work. We do not accept any kind of discrimination or harassment at our workplace. (UNGC 6)
We respect each other’s privacy and confidentiality of personal information. We respect the freedom of employees to organise themselves professionally. (UNGC 3) We are opposed to forced-, and child labour. (UNGC 4 , 5 ) We expect also our suppliers and other partners to respect laws and human rights. (UNGC 2)

Respect for nature

In our operations we comply with environmental and nature-related laws, regulations, rules and obligations. We optimise the use of raw-materials, energy and water, and minimise the accumulation of waste. (UNGC 7) We promote the recycling of materials and use renewable natural resources as far as possible. (UNGC 9) Our operations meet the requirements of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. (UNGC 8)

Quality

We are responsible for our products meeting the quality requirements and standards set to them. We ensure the quality of our products by regular monitoring and testing both in our own test laboratory as well as in independent test houses. Our operations are in accordance with ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

Integrity

Sievi or its employees will not give or accept money or gifts or other benefits of inappropriate value, which can be seen as an attempt to influence decision making. (UNGC 10) Our bookkeeping and documentation is accurate and describe the events truthfully.

Social Role

We operate as part of the surrounding society and participate actively in discussions concerning our own industry. We are involved in the decision-making bodies of the industry.

Compliance with the Code of Ethics

All our employees must comply with the company’s ethical guidelines. We expect our suppliers, service providers and subcontractors to comply with the ethical practises, all existing national laws and international agreements, as well as to respect the human rights. If the corporate management becomes aware that the ethical guidelines have been neglected, the reports are investigated and corrective actions are taken when needed.

 

Certificates

Certificates

ISO 9001 QUALITY SYSTEM

Sievi is the European forerunner in the footwear industry when it comes to developing products and operations. Sievi was the first safety footwear manufacturer in northern Europe to receive a certified quality system, and now works on the basis of an extensive ISO 9001 Quality System. Sievi was also the first safety footwear manufacturer in the Nordic countries to be granted the right to use the CE symbol. These two symbols concerning high quality and properties of footwear are a guarantee to Sievi's customers: they are sure to get high quality products strictly adhering to the order.

Sievi's safety and professional footwear are the result of extensive research and development. The design incorporates requirements imposed by different kinds of working environments and easy and comfortable use. Appearance has also been given particular attention; that is why these Sievi shoes and boots look and feel like ordinary shoes although they contain a number of details that add to safety.

ISO 14001 ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM

Sievin Jalkine Oy - the first footwear factory in Europe to receive the ISO 14001 environmental system certificate

The leading manufacturer of safety footwear in northern Europe - we are the first in Europe to introduce an environmental management system conforming with the ISO 14001 standard. The system, which has been audited and approved by the Finnish Standards Association, covers all operations in Sievi and Oulainen, the training of Group sales company personnel, and the transfer of information between company, customers, subcontractors and suppliers in Finland and abroad.

Our environmental management system seeks to secure customer satisfaction, a clean and healthy environment and optimal use of raw materials, water and energy. It also aims to minimise emissions and waste, and promote the use and recycling of renewable natural resources. All interest groups have access to our environmental policy, and we make information about it widely available.

The environmental management system based on ISO 14001 gives us an important competitive edge on both Finnish and Continental markets. When our customers choose Sievi products they know that the environmental impact has been minimal right along the line. Our goal is consistent enhancement of the level of environmental protection.

Sievi should be your choice, too. That way you can be sure that the footwear you buy is manufactured using environmentally friendly technology. Made in Finland is your guarantee of excellence.

ISO 45001 STANDARD FOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Sievin Jalkine Oy's occupational health and safety management system meets ISO 45001 requirements.