Besides engaging in due diligence activities to promote and sustain fair labor practices, safe working conditions and environmental responsibility in the finished-goods factories, there are a few key activities and tools we use:
Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct
By selecting our partners through a stringent process and putting in place a Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct document for our partners to adhere to, we ensure that we remain true to our values. We currently do not own any factories, however, we work in close partnerships with makers that are like minded and share our philosophy.
As our partners are small businesses and home-based seamstresses who may not have had the relevant accreditations certifying a safe workplace and fair trade practices, we visit often to ensure that the workers at our partner factories work in a safe environment and receive benefits like guaranteed minimum wage and days off. Most of the workers have been at our partner workshops’ for over 5 years.
Where we make our products are important, and we choose to make our garments at small batch manufacturers around the region. Having the garments made close to Singapore is crucial to us, as that reduces the distance our products travel, lowering our carbon footprint. A close locality also allows us to visit our partners regularly to ensure that they maintain and apply the socially acceptable practices that we have outlined in our Supplier Workplace Code of Conduct.
Monitoring Factories, Mills & Farms
We use environmentally friendly materials derived from farms, such as organic cotton, Tencel® Lyocell and linen. Whenever possible, we rely on certifications such as GOTS and OEKO-TEX to assure the farms and mills we use are meeting our standards.