Image From Our Supplier - Garment Workers Based In Dhaka, Bangladesh.
We work with suppliers and factories in Bangladesh which are certified by the best – including the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). FWF is an independent organisation that works with apparel brands and garment workers to improve labour conditions. Workers livelihoods and safety are at the forefront of our suppliers ethics and regular inspections take place within the factories to ensure they are fully compliant with regulations.
The factories not only guarantee the legal minimum wage and fundamental legal requirements such as in-house childcare facilities, maternity leave and medical cover. They also offer additional benefits to their workers such as free transportation, attendance bonuses and increasing pay scales.
“Our understanding of our company’s sustainability ambitions combined
with our physical presence and inherent local knowledge means we can
help to drive positive change in the textile industry in Bangladesh.”
Abdulla Al Rumi – Country Manager-BLO
We have teamed up with a factory based in the UK to help to reduce our Carbon Footprint and reduce the energy it takes to transport goods from overseas to the UK. Our factory is audited and fully compliant with SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) which is one of the most widely recognised social audits in the World. On-site inspections are carried out to assess how labour, health and safety, environmental and business ethics standards are being met.
The factory strongly share our views on ethical trading:
“We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a profit related wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join - or not to join - a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours”
Social audits enable businesses to assess their suppliers, monitor health and safety for workers, and signal zero tolerance of human rights abuses such as child and forced labour.
Read More on the SMETA Audit here.