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Ethical

With more and more brands identifying ourselves as ‘ethical’, it becomes essential for customers to have a way of verifying the facts. It is obvious that when we shop, we cannot just take the word for the brands / companies themselves.

The standards and criteria of what is ‘ethical’ or ‘fair’ can vary dramatically. How do we objectively measure the ‘ethicality’ of a product?

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) was born with the objective of helping producers and manufacturers around the world to achieve certain standards. Our partner factory works according to the regulations marked by the ETI, and has the following policies in place:

  • compensation for holidays

  • health register

  • time care

  • accident register

  • worker register

  • equal remuneration

  • national festival holiday

  • sexual harassment policy

  • child labor abolition policy

  • anti-discrimination policy

  • working hour policy

  • recruitment / hiring policy

  • environment policy

  • security policy

  • health and safety committee

  • buyers code of conduct

Our partner factory is a purpose built facility that provides a safe, hygienic and ergonomic working environment. It’s spacious, the layout is clearly organised allowing for traffic areas free of hazards. The different working stations provide the necessary furniture and facilities to ensure people can perform their tasks comfortably.

There is a combination of natural light that comes through the windows, and artificial light making all areas well lit and bright.

All workers have freely chosen to be employed here, and they have got the right to form trade unions. When joining, they receive health and safety training. They are treated with respect and dignity, in equality. Child labour is completely abolished. Wages paid are enough to meet basic need and to provide discretionary income.

When people hear about 'Made in Bangladesh,' unfortunately there is still a huge stigma attached to this industry due to the catastrophic events at Rana Plaza. We completely agree that it's hard to track which 'Made in Bangladesh' products are made ethically, hence we will make a difference by being transparent about our production and by showing that not all factories are dreadful. Our goal is by doing this, to also educate the public so that not all 'Made in Bangladesh' products are misjudged.

The textile industry is part of Bangladesh's history and culture. The garments sector has given employment to a whole generation of young, unmarried females, mainly from rural areas. It is calculated that currently, two-thirds of workers in this industry are women. By supporting us, you are supporting their families too.

We are about to visit our makers in Bangladesh, and we will be updating this page with as much information as possible. Stay tuned, and let us know if there are any specific questions that you would like us to cover. We would like YOU to be part of our journey!

 

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