Courtesy of Fairtrade America

Fair Trade: Hearing the Unheard Worker

Shamini Dhana

It doesn’t take much digging to uncover the horrors of the garment industry. Working conditions in this sector in developing countries often are unhealthy and unsafe, even life-threatening. One only has to remember the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2014 that killed over 1,100 people and injured thousands more. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to ignore or forget about the “behind-the-scenes” of the clothes we buy when shopping in our favorite stores. Distracted by the new styles and sale prices, we don’t stop to think about who made our clothes and in what circumstances.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to this exploitative business model. For consumers and for-profit companies that care about where their products come from and how they’re made, there is B Corps. The B Lab is a nonprofit organization that certifies for-profit companies that uphold high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. There are currently more than 1,600 Certified B Corps companies from 42 countries representing over 120 industries.

Dhana, Inc., an ethical and sustainable fashion brand, is a B Corps company with a commitment to impact people and planet in a positive way. With over 60 million people working in the garment industry in the developing world, Dhana, Inc. is hoping to give a voice to the unheard worker while at the same time empowering consumers to ask questions such as: Who made my clothes? Were they paid fairly for their labor? What were the working conditions like? What kind of environmental impact was there in making these clothes?

In an industry known for its exploitative practices, B Corps is trying to change that. Join the movement to B the Change, and use business as a means for good.

We invite you to be the Change, share the stories of the hearts and hands behind our clothing, give workers a platform to be heard and together we can Unite People Through Fashion.

Article courtesy of Fairtrade America