SOCIAL AWEARNESS

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Awareness

With every line we bring out we aim to raise awareness to a different issue plaguing our planet which is being overlooked. We have become blinded to the realities of this world and we choose to ignore the suffering of others and the effects we are having on our planet. It's time to take off the blinders.

FairWear certified manufacturers

All our manufacturers are certified by the FairWear organisation. This means that:

  • Employment is freely chosen - There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour.

  • There is no discrimination in employment - Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps.

  • No exploitation of child labour - There shall be no use of child labour. The age for admission to employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, not less than 15 years.” (ILO Convention 138) “There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour. […] Children [in the age of 15-18] shall not perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals.” (ILO Convention 182).

  • Freedom of Association and right to collective bargaining - The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised. (ILO Conventions 87 and 98) The company shall, in those situations in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted under law, facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining for all workers. Workers’ representatives shall not be the subject of discrimination and shall have access to all workplaces necessary to carry out their representation functions. (ILO Convention 135 and Recommendation 143).

  • Payment of a Living Wage - Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income. (ILO Conventions 26 and 131). Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted. Deductions shall never constitute an amount that will lead the employee to receive less than the minimum wage. Employees shall be adequately and clearly informed about the specifications of their wages including wage rates and pay period.

  • Reasonable hours of work - Hours of work shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven-day period. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate. (ILO Convention 1)

  • Safe and Healthy working conditions - A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, and best occupational health and safety practice shall be promoted, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Appropriate attention shall be paid to occupational hazards specific to this branch of the industry and assure that a safe and hygienic work environment is provided for. Effective regulations shall be implemented to prevent accidents and minimise health risks as much as possible (following ILO Convention 155). Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer is strictly prohibited.

  • Legally binding employment relationship - Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment. Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

Sustainability

All our products are made from organic cotton or recycled materials and are certified by the Organic Content Blended Standard, the Organic 100 Content Standard and by the Global Organic Textile Standard. We all have a duty to protect our planet, and that includes ensuring what we wear is sustainable and eco-friendly. Our clothing is better for the air, water, soil, natural resource consumption, global warming and biodiversity.

All dyes used in our clothing have been approved by Oeko-Tex 100 to ensure that no harmful substances are present within the textiles and all inks used our water based to reduce the amount of chemicals used. 

Vegan

Whilst many of us are concerned with the food we are eating, it so very easily slips our mind that animals are harmed in the clothing industry too. All our clothing is PETA Vegan approved. 

Charity

With every garment sold, Socially Awear will donate a percentage of the profits to a different cause related to the garment. 

Supporting Economies 

With every garment produced, Socially Awear is supporting economies abroad and at home. 

The materials for our garments are farmed in Bangladesh and manufactured. The clothing industry has become one of Bangladesh's highest sources of income and many people from areas of poverty are reliant on the industry to provide a living to feed their families. 

Our garments are designed in the UK and the designs are applied by UK businesses. With each garment purchased, you are helping feed families in Bangladesh and helping provide a living for people in the UK.

Packaging

All our packaging is made from recycled materials and is fully recyclable. Luxury packaging shouldn't cost our planet.

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