But only a small number make great clothes in an ethical and sustainable way. We only deal with those manufacturers.
Manufacturing is the backbone for many Asian countries, employing hundreds of thousands of workers. Unfortunately, not all of these workers are treated well, as companies look to put profits before people. The neglect, abuse and harmful working conditions in these companies is a blight on the clothing industry and has no place. It certainly has no place with us. We do not, and will not ever, deal with any company who cannot stand up to scrutiny and demonstrate a commitment to practices and people that mirror our own.
This means we are very selective in choosing manufacturers. We believe supporting manufacturers that look after their employees is the single most effective step clothing companies can take to ensure ethical manufacturing wins. We implore you to always ask the companies you buy from where they get their garments manufactured. Clothing companies need to be held accountable and feel the pressure to support ethical manufacturers. If the demand is there from the consumer and all through the supply chain, then together we have the ability to change lives and make a difference.
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.