Protecting the environment is just one aspect of sustainability, the other is to care for those who share this planet with us. It is all too easy to forget about those who are involved in making your clothes, after all it is unlikely that you would have ever been in contact with anyone who works in an overseas textile factory.
Looking after those who are involved in making our products is of utmost importance to us at Cariki. Paying a fair wage is just one way that we can help raise people out of poverty. In some countries, adults earn so little that they are forced to send their children out to work from a young age just to supplement the family income, a problem which is particularly acute in less developed countries.
There is an estimated 170 million children engaged in child labour across the globe, the equivalent to 11% of the global population of children. The textile industry is sadly a large employer of children, forced to employ cheap workers to satisfy consumer demands for low priced garments.
By paying a fair wage to farmers and workers, Cariki gives children back the right to be a child. We do this by helping to ensure those involved earn enough to provide for their entire family, so parents aren’t forced to send children out to work. We will never partner with anyone whose treatment of staff is questionable, ensuring strict adherence to the principles of good working conditions and fair pay.
To ensure social responsibility and fair wages, our suppliers are third-party certified by independent bodies such as SA8000, Fair Wear, GOTS, GRS, BSCI or Fairtrade, which independently monitor social labour situations in the factories and fields where our materials are sourced.
We take great pride in the suppliers we partner with and the relationships we develop them. We search for manufacturers who go beyond simply adhering to standard practices, as we want to see evidence that they take care of the wellbeing of their employees, communities and the environment in which they operate.
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