I delved further into ethical trade on the high street and it appears I was wrong to judge Boden so negatively. A couple of years ago, a fellow blogger wrote letters to many of the high street brands asking them questions about the working conditions of the people they employ to manufacture for them. Check out her blog wear from where the response she received from Boden shows that they have put numerous protocols in place to ensure their workers are getting a fair wage and that there is no child labour. Next also showed evidence of abiding by ethical standards, however, when I clicked on the link to their ethical trading policy, the link no longer existed and I searched their website for any information on their ethica trading policy and couldn’t find it. So I have emailed Next so that they are aware that a customer cared about where their clothes come from and that they need to put their Corporate Social Responsibility policies on their website or else…
However, Boden have a detailed page on ethical trading albeit a little generalised. Read it here.. In reading this page, it is difficult to understand the specifics of the manufacturers working conditions. Offering the Government’s minimum wage or better for that country so that they can afford the fundamentals of living standards isn’t as satisfying as reading that Shalil earns enough to feed his family and works no more than 40 hours a week.
That’s why I prefer buying from People Tree as they have pictures of the people who make the clothes and can demonstrate how the workers directly benefit from People Tree’s business. just wish they did clothes for children above the age of 4.
I also wish they did shoes too as it is very difficult to find fair trade shoes other than Toms – great for summer but not so good for winter,,,,
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