In the Bangladesh clothing industry we have seen fires and building collapses kill 1500 and injure at least a 1000 more. The working conditions in third work factories across the world are deplorable as giant multinational corporations pursue constant increases in profits in a race to the bottom. We have heard that a garment made in Bangladesh costs about $6.50. We also read here that a living wage, safe work sites and fair labor practices would add 25 cents to that garment.
Over a dozen of these corporations say they are trying hard to monitor working conditions in some way but they are not able to do a better job, or they are not responsible for conduct of private companies in these countries at the end of the day. The result is 14 multinational corporations refusing to pay for a strict nationwide inspection program.
However 123 investors and stakeholders organizations, representing over $1.2 trillion in assets under management, issued a statement calling on industry leaders to implement systemic reforms that will ensure worker safety and welfare, and to adopt zero tolerance policies on global supply chain abuses.
INDIGENOUS Fair Trade + Organic, a Social(k) client, and friend from way back, is offering to make their proprietary Fair Trade Tool available to ANY brand that publically accepts the CHALLENGE that they will produce clothing in a way that is safe, ethical and honors people and planet.
Scott and Matt understand the pressures these corporations are under, but you buy the products, or decide not to buy the products at the end of this chain. With that in mind they ask you, the consumer to join Indigenous, other brands, retailers and a growing number of consumers who are insisting on consciously produced fashion.
Take the PLEDGE: “I will find out where the garment I am about to purchase came from and who made it. I will not wear anything that people are suffering and dying to produce.” It’s that simple. When you take steps to learn about your clothes, and spend in a way that demonstrates your values you are changing the fashion industry.