Ethical Apparel Manufacturing is a key term for the fashion industry, and it’s growing in importance for both brands and consumers.
After the tragic 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 workers, the conversation became global news. The disaster heightened media coverage and consumer awareness, and interest in the ethical sourcing and production of apparel skyrocketed. Suddenly, clothing companies were under pressure to take visible measures to alleviate the working conditions that led to the disaster.
Just a few years later, multiple industry reports make it clear that consumers are becoming more willing to pay for ethically produced clothing and other products.
According to the Ethical Market Report 2015, in the UK alone:
The value of ethical sales grew by 8%, during a period when inflation barely rose above 0.5%. And the overall value of the ethical market grew from £35bn to £38bn showing a continued commitment from consumers across all sectors to support more ethical products and services
Global brands like H&M, Tom’s, Everlane, and many more have made ethical and sustainable sourcing and manufacturing a key facet of their businesses.
How can your business address these issues?
If you’re an emerging designer, startup fashion brand, or even an established retailer who’s not yet competing on a global scale, how can you ensure that your products are made in a way that’s in step with your values?
There are many potential definitions wrapped up in the phrase “ethical manufacturing”:
- Fair Labor Standards
- Worker Safety
- No Child Labor
- Fair Trade
- Environmental Standards
- Progressive Practices
- Quality Standards
- Product Safety
That’s a long list, and covers a lot of ground!
For a smaller company, trying to navigate through this complex list of considerations could be daunting, expensive and time-consuming. If you don’t have the resources to create entire teams to research and monitor factories, mills, and other members of the supply chain, how can you possibly address all of these concerns when producing your apparel products?
Find a trusted partner in Ethical Manufacturing
At Sourceeasy, we work with hundreds of brands, from startups to major national and global retailers. For each of our clients, we commit to providing ethically produced materials and garments that meet our internally developed “Code of Conduct”.
Sourceeasy employees operate in 7 offices across 4 countries, including the United States, India, China and Vietnam. To us, ethical manufacturing is more than just a “feel good” story. It’s a core tenet of our business. It’s good for our customers, it’s good for our partners, and it’s good for the world.
We are committed to advancing fair trade and ethical practices throughout the world. One way we do that is by employing in-country teams to personally supervise every aspect of production, in every country where we produce. We work to ensure the highest levels of ethical production standards, transparency, and quality.
To us, ethical production means:
- Safe manufacturing environments
- No child labor
- Fair trade standards upheld
- Active reduction of environmental impact
- Compliance with all relevant regulatory ordinances
- Maintaining all relevant certifications in good standing
Our factory partners include both medium-sized and larger institutionalized facilities. When our medium-sized factory partners produce goods, our customers can rest assured knowing that they are making a material difference to workers’ lives, promoting sustainable small business livelihoods, and enhancing people’s opportunity for economic progress in some of the most economically challenged regions of the world.
To meet the needs of our corporate or institutional customers, many of whom require specific certifications as a prerequisite, we also partner with larger factories with a long history of producing high volumes of goods, and who routinely undergo regulatory inspections and audits.
We take responsibility
When we tailor a solution for our customers, we are using the highest bar to judge the facilities we choose. When we tell our customers we are using a World Class Factory to produce their goods, we mean it. Because we issue quality guarantees and assume liability on every product we manufacture, we are putting our money where our mouth is.
This is the core of our philosophy: we only succeed when we help produce products that meet and exceed your expectations in every way.
For more information on how Sourceeasy’s Ethical Manufacturing can be used to help your business, please contact us today!