At Authentic-Vegan, we are committed to support ethical labor practices, and for this reason, we are happy we can offer you a Fair Wear Foundation products.
The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organizations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO's.
Fair Wear Foundation verifies that member companies implement a Code of Labour Practice along their supply chain and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediation efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles. These requirements go all the way from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, and up to labeling. Labeling assists the end consumer by providing a credible assurance.
By using GOTS, textile processors and manufacturers are able to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification which is accepted in all major markets.
Certified organic natural fibers and fibers from conversion period are the approved fabrics, and are certified according to recognized international or national standards and certified by any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognized (according to ISO 65) certifier.
A company who follows GOTS is required to work in compliance with all criteria of the standard. GOTS checks compliance with the relevant criteria through the utilization of on-site auditing, as well as residue testing.
The criteria for processing and manufacturing include environmental criteria, technical quality and human toxicity criteria, and social criteria.
- Throughout processing, organic fiber products must be separated from conventional products and clearly identified as organics.
- All chemicals, including dyes, auxiliaries, and processing chemicals must be evaluated and must meet basic requirements on toxicity, biodegradability/eliminability. This means that no Azo dyes (which release carcinogenic amine compounds).
- Toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes are prohibited.
- Synthetic sizing agent usage is restricted, and any knitting and weaving oils cannot contain heavy metals
- No chlorine bleach can be used. All bleaches must be oxygen based.
- Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol are prohibited, as well as printing methods using phthalates and PVC.
- No PVC, nickel or chrome is permitted on any accessory used.
- All operators must detail and follow a clear environmental policy to include target goals and procedures to minimize waste and discharges
- All wet processing units are required to keep full records of chemicals, energy, and water consumption, as well as waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. All waste water must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.
- PVC is prohibited on packaging materials as well. Any paper or cardboard that is used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC.
TECHNICAL QUALITY AND HUMAN TOXICITY CRITERIA
- Technical quality parameters are tested for rubbing, perspiration, light and washing fastness and shrinkage.
- Stringent limits on the residues of any raw materials, intermediates, final textile products as well as accessories must be met.
MINIMUM SOCIAL CRITERIA
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) sets the key norms of social criteria, and these norms must be met by all processors and manufacturers, all the way down to the farm level. This means that fair labor criteria are met from the beginning to the end. Members of ILO must have a social compliance management with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria are always met. These following applicable key conventions of the ILO must be taken as the relevant basis for interpretation. This means that employment is freely chosen. No one is forced or bonded to work. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected. People are paid living wages in safe and hygienic working conditions. Working hours are not excessive, and employment is regular. Discrimination, or other harsh or inhumane treatment is not permitted. Child labor is NEVER utilized.