To ensure that your clothes are sweatshop-labour free and contributing toward improved labour conditions for textile and factory workers, our suppliers have partnered with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The partnerships are based on the FWF Code of Labour Practices and include a transparent supply chain with regular independent audits. To read about the progress of our clothing supplier, Stanley & Stella, in the payment of a living wage for garment factory workers, please see our blog.
The following are the 8 guiding principles of the Code of Labour Practices which make up the criteria for practice and auditing:
Your clothes from Fairtees are also made from organic fibres, certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
The standard includes social criteria based on International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions as well as ecological criteria, so you can rest assured that your clothes will take the principles of fair trade seriously from the farm to processing and manufacturing before they’re on your back.
Garments made from a blend of organic cotton and other fibres are certified to the Organic Blended Content Standard.
Fairtees is all about making life easier for Australians. And in essence, making life easier is what fair trade is about as well. When shopping for ethical clothing in Australia, it can be tricky to find what you want to suit your tastes and needs. Our fair trade fashion is for everyday wear – simple, durable and it looks good. We want to make choosing good, fashionable, ethically-made clothes an easy choice! This is why we hope to make fair trade clothing as close to you as the click of a button!
You probably agree that people should be paid a fair wage for their work, and be treated with respect. But how does that play out in our everyday choices, from buying a bottle of milk to buying a t-shirt? Are we supporting what we agree with? Do we know what has happened behind the scenes, before this shiny new product was placed on the shelf in aisle 3?
Competition for cheap clothing in large quantities has led to exploitative trading practices, which include unfair wages, child labour, unsafe working conditions and excessively long working hours. Demand determines supply, so to change the industry for the better, as buyers we must take on some responsibility and be prepared to purchase ethically-produced clothes.
Fairtees wants to have a positive impact on the world and contribute to a growing norm of clothing made in a way that respects workers rights, as well as the local and wider environment. In places where the clothing industry brings trade and employment, we want to support the growth of fair trade within this employment. (And we want good clothes to wear that tell this story).
With social criteria certification from GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard), as well as partnering & reporting done by the Fair Wear Foundation - you can rest easy when freshening up your wardrobe with fair trade clothing! All of our clothes are made by Stanley & Stella, who have partnered with the Fair Wear Foundation and report regularly on the required criteria. By choosing Fairtees, you are supporting fair working conditions which are undergoing continual improvement. For details on where Fairtees' clothes are made see our blog, and for access to all past independent reports on factory conditions by Fair Wear Foundation, please see here.
To understand more about barriers to the payment of a living wage, and what the Fair Wear Foundation is doing to try to remove these barriers in its partner's factories, please see their 2016 booklet 'Living Wages: An Explorer's Notebook (Piloting Living Wages in Garment Factories)'.