Finding the right factory can feel impossible and that's just the beginning. Once you actually find that factory, how do you know they are operating at the standards you need to ensure worker safety? Most professionals do not know the right standards to look for to properly vet a factory's social compliance. That's why at THR3EFOLD we only work with factories who have an ethical certification to ensure their standards are up to par and continually checked in by an outside auditing body. Each ethical certification can vary slightly in their minimum standards, but all revolve around the following set of principals.
1 | No Child Labor
No worker is 15 years of age or under. Additionally, any young worker, within a legal student age, cannot work during school hours or during night hours.
2 | Dependable Pay
Wages start at the minimum wage of the country's legal requirements and go up from there. Pay is on time and overtime is paid at a premium rate. Some certifications require a living wage which also factors in the cost of living for a small family including enough to have a small emergency fund for medical care.
3 | No Forced Labor
Workers are willingly employed and can leave at any time, and no pay is withheld for performance or any other factors.
4 | No Discrimination
Workers are hired, fired, promoted, or demoted on performance and capability alone and not due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status.
5 | Clear and Safe Communication from Management
Factories will remain free of supervisory or co-worker harassment or abuse. Job responsibilities are clearly defined and factory policies are clear and posted.
4 | Safe & Healthy Workplace Environment
Factory will eliminate or minimize hazardous working conditions wherever possible and provide aid for any injured workers.
Buildings pass all safety requirements and fire exits remain unlocked, labeled, and clearly marked.
5 | The Right to Collective Bargaining
The factory will respect the worker’s right to form and/or join a trade union to protect their rights and treatment.
6 | Eco-Conscious
Factories will reduce waste when possible and must show improvement in their environmental impact upon each audit check in.
We have developed a robust ethical manufacturing platform that enable brands to search ethically certified factories around the world, communicate directly, compare pricing, and manage production all in one place! If you are interested in finding an ethical factory to manufacture your collection, email us to join the beta today. Learn more about our ethical manufacturing platform here.
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