Commitment to Action

Fair Trade Farm to Factory: Building an Ethical Manufacturing Model

Commitment by

West Elm, Fair Trade Usa

In 2015, Fair Trade USA committed, along with West Elm and other brand partners, to expand the Fair Trade Certified Factory program to 35 new factories, improving the livelihoods of over 40,000 workers by 2017. Certification ensures fair wages, safer workplaces, monitored hours, equal rights for men and women, overtime, and paid leave and vacations, among other benefits. Further, brands pay a premium on every item sourced, delivering a direct economic benefit to factory workers who democratically decide to invest these funds as an income bonus or for community development. By the end of the commitment, the Fair Trade Certificated Factory program will drive over $1,000,000 in the hands of workers, resulting in additional trainings on topics such as reproductive health, nutrition, and financial literacy.

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Commitment

Fair Trade Farm to Factory: Building an Ethical Manufacturing Model

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value

$1,200,000

Region

Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Africa

Countries

CHINA, COLOMBIA, ETHIOPIA, INDIA, KENYA, MEXICO, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, SRI LANKA, THAILAND

Commitment by

West Elm, Fair Trade Usa

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Pottery Barn, HAE Now, Gallant International, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Colored Organics, Senda Athletics, Under the Canopy, Threads 4 Thought, prAna Living, LLC, Mountain Khakis, Good & Fair Clothing, Patagonia Works, Loomstate, Coyuchi, Oliberte Footwear, Nest, PACT Apparel, SOL Sustained Organic Living, OBEY CLOTHING, Boll & Branch