It’s one thing to manufacture great garments. It’s another, and more important thing, to do it in an ethical and sustainable manner.
With the majority of the world’s garments being manufactured in Asia, the garment industry is the economic backbone for many Asian countries. Thousands of people are employed in clothing and related industries. Unfortunately, it is all too easy in some of these countries to skirt around the laws and regulations, and there are hundreds of companies that put profits before people. This has led to abuse, neglect, and working conditions that us Westerners struggle to believe could exist in the 21st century.
So we are very selective in choosing factories. In our opinion, supporting the factories that look after their workers is the single most effective step clothing companies can take to ensure ethical manufacturing wins. It’s simple really; more business to the caring factories enables them to employ people that previously worked at the unethical ones. If enough of us insist on this, together we can bring change and improvement to those thousands of lives.
We have set out the WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) 12 Principles as minimum requirements for our partner factories in Asia. Read about them here.
To ensure continued compliance, we also conduct audits – click here to download a recent example. Note this report has been sanitized as it contains commercially sensitive info.
In summary, it comes back to our core values: Doing things right and doing the right things. After all, what’s the point in having great garments if you can’t feel good about how they were made?