Proudly made in Bangladesh

Stand by Bangladesh

Our production partner is committed to staying in Bangladesh, even though low wages in countries such as Ethiopia and Myanmar are enticing many brands away. This is having a serious impact on the textile industry in Bangladesh. Our partner knows that it’ll make a lasting and positive impact on working conditions of the fashion industry in Bangladesh by maintaining and developing relationships with partners in Dhaka.

Did you know?

-      20 million people have been lifted out of poverty in the last 20 years
-      4,5 million Bangladeshis employed by the textile industry
-      80% of total Bangladesh exports are textiles

Fair Wear Foundation

Our production partner is a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Fair Wear Foundation is an independent organization that works with apparel brands, garment workers and textile industry influencers to improve labour conditions in garment factories. FWF are active in Bangladesh where they audit factories and support trade unions to lobby European governments and other organizations to increase wages and improve working conditions. FWF representatives carry out audits in all our partner factories every three years and put in place Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), as necessary. They also regularly organize Workplace Education Programs (WEPs) in partnership with brands, including our partner. To help factories reduce and eliminate workplace violence and harassment. FWF also runs an independent helpline number which ensures complaints are heard and taken care of should the factory’s internal grievance-handling mechanism fail. Our partner has been a member of FWF since 2012 and publishes a report every year, detailing the work done on social and environmental issues and the outcomes of monitoring and remediation measures in each of our partner factories.

Towards a living wage

Working on closing the gap

Our production partner chooses to work with some of the most ethical and responsible factories in the country. Our partners’ manufacturing partners not only guarantee a legal minimum wage and fundamental legal requirements such as in-house child-care facilities, maternity leave and medical cover, but also offer additional benefits to their workers. These benefits include free transportation, performance and attendance bonuses and increasing pay scales. Our partner invests in project such as the fair priced Grocery Shops. Through experience, our partner has found these types of projects to be the best way of increasing workers’ spending power and improving livelihoods. Increasing the amount we pay per t-shirt does not necessarily translate to a direct wage increase for the factory workers, and often, when wages go up in an area, so do general costs like rent and food.

Local government sets the minimum wage to ensure fair remuneration for garment workers. But also to maintain competitivity for Bangladesh. The last wage increase in Bangladesh was implemented in December 2018, increasing the minimum wage by 50%. But our partner certainly won’t leave things there, and remains committed to finding new and innovate ways of paying workers a living wage.

Our production partner and our partners’ partners

- Stanley & Stella, Belgium, since 2020

- Meghna, Bangladesh, since 2018
- Ahsan, Bangladesh, since 2012
- GSM, Bangladesh, since 2020
- AUS Bangla, Bangladesh, since 2017
- Dird, Bangladesh, since 2012
- Interstoff, Bangladesh, since 2015
- Shuangxi Garment Co, China, since 2015

Monitoring working conditions daily

Our production partner works closely with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) to systematically monitor the working conditions and practices in our partner factories, and to implement concrete action plans to improve them. Monitoring is carried out in three ways:
- Regular visits from HQ (2-3 times per year)
- Daily factory visits by local team in Dhaka
- Formal FWF audits (once every 2-3 years)

During visits the following points are monitored:
- Health & safety policies and practices
- Environmental issues
- Factory site visits and quality assurance
- Certification verification
- Code of Conduct adherence - Internal and independent audits
- A factory’s general approach on social responsibility