Ethical Standards – Why We Use Fair Wear Foundation Clothing

Low wages, outrageously long hours, use of child labour, unsafe conditions, forced employment or even discrimination from being employed are rife in many countries where clothes and apparel are made. Many clothing companies turn a blind eye to worker mistreatment, abuse, and unhealthy working conditions all in search of cheaper costs and greater profits. This is why we choose the Fair Wear Foundation to ensure the workers that produce our clothes are treated with respect and are paid fairly for their work. Here are the main ways the Fair Wear Foundation accomplishes this…

1. Employment is freely chosen

The Fair Wear Foundation ensures that employees are not forced into work. They have to have chosen to work through no manner of enforcement or coercion. Furthermore, they cannot be forced to stay in work if they wish to leave. This includes prison labour, which is also not permitted.

2. No discrimination in employment

Fair Wear certifies that any recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship is based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps.

3. No exploitation of child labour

Child labour is not accepted or tolerated in any Fair Wear Foundation approved factories. The age for admission to employment is no less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, not less than 15 years. There is no excuse for forcing or allowing children to work in clothing factories.

For those 15 and above, they are not permitted to perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals.

4. Payment of a living wage

Fair Wear only approves factories that provide a wage that workers can live off of. Consequently, only wages and benefits paid for a standard working week that meet at least legal minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet the basic needs of workers and their families are approved.

5. Reasonable hours of work

Reasonable hours of work follow these strict standards:

- 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.

6. Safe and healthy working conditions

Fair Wear approved factories only consist of safe and hygienic working environments that promote the best occupational health and safety practices.

7. Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining (unionisation)

This guarantees that each factory provides the right to all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively.

8. A legally binding employment relationship

Fair Wear makes sure that factories cannot avoid regular employment contracts 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.

This also ensures that younger workers are given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

So, there you have it. At Ozone, we do not accept any mistreatment of people across the supply chain and in the making in any of our products. We believe all humans deserve to be respected and treated equally.

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