Certified by the Fairwear Foundation
If you follow us on social media, you'll notice that, very occasionally, we proudly mention about our garments being certified with the Fairwear Foundation. Although the tagline "ethically made" self explains its main purpose, I thought it'd be important to share more in-depth info on this amazing organisation so you understand exactly what it means and why their certification matters so much to us.
The Fashion industry employs over 50 million people worldwide. When we look for the story behind most labels, the people making the clothes normally work in very poor conditions. It's a very complicated system, with hundreds of hands involved in the supply chain needed to make just one t-shirt, which makes it nearly impossible for consumers to ensure themselves that they aren't supporting unethical practices like child labour, exploitation and discrimination when buying a new item of clothing.
The Fairwear Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that works with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and sometimes governments to verify and improve workplace conditions where your clothing is made. They inspect and keep track of improvements in factories in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. FWF focus on the phases of production where sewing is the main manufacturing process. These are among the most labour-intensive phases of the production process. It is also the stage of production where many labour problems are found, and where effective remedies can positively impact the lives of millions of workers.
The working conditions and labour rights within the factories is currently its central point; Designed for the garment industry, its Code of Labour Practices is guided by eight core principles, mostly derived from ILO conventions. These are:
- No forced labour
- No discrimination in employment
- No child labour
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- Payment of a living wage
- No excessive working hours
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legally binding employment relationship
Here's a great illustrative video explaining the Fairwear Foundation:
Uncaptive garments are manufactured by Continental Clothing, who is a member of the Fairwear Foundation.
Hope this helped you understand why we love the Fairwear Foundation so much and why it's so important for us to make conscious choices in our day to day life.
If you know of any organisation doing amazing work for Ethical Fashion industry, please let me know in the comments below, I love learning about this subject!
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