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Our commitment to creating the most ethical underwear in the world is one we take very seriously. We place the importance of people, planet and animals at the forefront of our business because protecting our natural environment while pursuing universal human rights are inseparable for MG/B and our operations.
Our vision is to become a fully circular business by 2025 and we are taking action to reach our target, because we know that as a business, we have a responsibility to do so, and that our planet is depending on it.
We are proud to support small scale organic and Fairtrade cotton farmers. These organisations provide technical, agricultural economic and marketing support to its members to improve sustainability in farming and increased profitability for them.
Based in Hyderabad, Chetna are owned an operated by Farmers. They work with about 35,000 small scale organic cotton farmers throughout the rain-fed regions of central India.
3-5-704/4, Old MLA Quarters, Vittalwadi, Narayanguda, Hyderbad, Telangana 50029 India
Suminter India Organics produce high-quality organic cotton in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way. They work closely with over 20,000 farmers in 9 Indian states and strive for excellence from sourcing to delivering the purest non-GMO products.
X Cube, Veera Desai Industrial Estate, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053, India
Based in Madhya Pradesh, Noble Ecotech is one of the largest Fairtrade organic producers in the world. Their fundamental purpose is to cultivate a health eco system by using natural and traditional agricultural practices that benefit both the farmers and the welfare of the society.
329-Ad Scheme No 74c,VijayNagar, Indore-452010 Madhya Pradesh,
The reasons why we are committed to using only GOTShttps://global-standard.org/ certified Fairtrade cotton are threefold. Let’s start with the fact that it enriches the soil because there are no synthetic chemicals used in the growing and harvesting process.
Then there’s the farmers - generally speaking these farmers are marginalised and taking care of organic cotton crops allows them to be paid a living wage and improve their livelihood as they are able to grow food crops in the same soil for their family.
Lastly, organic cotton is far kinder to your overall health, as there are no harmful pesticides or herbicides used that can be highly toxic when in contact with human skin - especially our more delicate regions.
Working with GOTS certified Fairtrade cotton means guaranteed living wages for farmers, safe working conditions and the healthiest fibre for your skin. On top of that, the environmental impact is huge, The Textile Exchange commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment for conventional cotton versus organic cotton and found that organic cotton was far better for the environment:
Using 91% less water
62% less energy
46% less CO2
70% less soil acidification
No GMOs or toxic chemicals
Unlike conventional cotton it does not require excessive amounts of water to grow and unlike bamboo, it doesn’t require intense chemical treatment before it can be usable. Simply using GOTS certified Fairtrade cotton means guaranteed living wages for farmers, safe working conditions and the healthiest fibre for your skin.
RCM is internationally regarded as one of the world’s most ethical producers of certified organic and Fairtrade cotton garments. The factory is audited by a third-party European auditor for the SA8000 certification which is the leading international standard for meeting ethical and social labour standards. RCM pride themselves on raising the bar of ethics within their factory and go above and beyond their certification standards. Fairtrade Certification number: FLO 4512 GOTS Certification number: CU 020876.
Factory workers are paid above the government minimum wage and receive allowances including 5% House Rent, 12% provident fund and a yearly bonus of 14% of their total wage. Overtime is paid to RCM employees at double.
The health of each factory worker is paramount to RCM, which is why all factory workers are given medical insurance benefits for them and their families. They are also offered daily transportation too and from work on the RCM company bus.
Rice husks (a waste product) are used in the RCM dye houses to generate steam where needed.
By burning the rice husks instead of burning fossil fuel, carbon credits are earned, helping the facility work towards carbon neutrality.
Their dye houses also recycle and reuse the majority of their process water. They use reverse osmosis plants to purify the water which can then be reused.
Education is important to the RCM team, which is why, since 2009, RCM has been running an education program for over 160 of their factory worker's children.
RCM pays 70% of the cost of a healthy daily meal for all RCM employees making the cost of a daily meal approximately 12c AUD for each worker.
Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills
FMC Fortuna 4th Floor
234/3A A.J.C. Bose Road
Kolkata 700 020 India
Deeps Texstyles is an accredited ethical family run factory based in Kolkata, India. The young and dynamic management team at Deeps are committed to sustainable and ethical production and work closely with Fair Wear Foundation to ensure Living Wages for all their workers and promote Gender Equality in their workplace. Deeps carry a number of certifications including Fair Trade, Fair Wear Foundation, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), OEO_TEX, ISO 9000:2001, SEDEX SMETA 4 Pillar Audit and SA8000.
The GOTS certification standards for dying fibres is one of the most stringent in the world. Not only do the standards focus on what’s in the dye, but they also consider the end-to-end process. Under the GOTS certification standard we use ‘low impact’ dyes which means significantly less harmful impacts on the environment. Using these dyes compared to conventional dyes means:
Less water usage than conventional dyes
Less chemical and grey water run off into the environment
The ban of AZO-Dyes
No heavy metals
No toxic chemicals
They meet the European Union Criteria of eco-friendly pigments
Mighty Good Basics has prepared this Modern Slavery Statement to maintain our commitment to our core principles, and foster a culture of transparency across our Industry.
In doing so, we hope to encourage other entities who sit below the government mandated threshold, to do the same, and voluntarily take the opportunity to respond to modern slavery issues present in their supply chain.
Since inception in 2016, we have remained ahead of the curve, ensuring we continuously strive to be Industry leaders when it comes to preventing modern slavery though our business operations.We fully acknowledge the risk of forced labour and inhumane working practices across the fashion industry which is why we only work with certified Fair-trade factories and GOTS certified organic cotton.
You can read our full statement here.
Mighty Good Basics acknowledge the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the nature of work and life, experiences of inequality and personal and health security for everyone around the world. As a committed ethical producer we are compelled and obligated to understand the implications this has on our supply chain, and how we can fulfil our moral responsibilities to suppliers, workers, customers and the industry in this context (beyond basic minimum legal standards applying to all businesses). The below resolutions reflect initial evidence emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, which is only beginning to be grasped around the world.
In light of the above, Mighty Good Basics:
1. Acknowledge the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people differently, including the disproportionate impacts of the crisis on the poor and most vulnerable in every economy, and that COVID-19 has complex and concerning implications for global aspirations to reduce poverty and inequality and eliminate modern slavery.
2. Notes with concern that garment workers as a population group - the majority of whom are women - often face multiple fields of disadvantage and compounding experiences on inequality, likely to be exacerbated long-term by this crisis. An ethical response to the pandemic by businesses must address this specific and persistent inequality in the garment/manufacturing industry.
3. Pledges to assess our practices and operations periodically, as evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on our supply chain becomes available, and as manufacturing partners move beyond the immediate crisis response period, and look to support workers to safely return to work.
4. Supports open and honest communication with our suppliers regarding the impact of the pandemic on their business operations and social safeguards, to ensure partners do not feel pressured to continue operating in a way that places workers' safely at risk, in the interest of meeting unfair deadlines (including by MGB not breaking existing order commitments or payment schedules).
5. Commits to ensuring reporting and transparency requirements do not burden suppliers in a way that distracts from social protection and that workers' health, rights, security and safety remains at the core of our manufacturing, production, distribution and general operations.
6. Will uphold existing efforts to ensure our business response to COVID-19 is ethical, human-centred and evidence-based, including (where appropriate and responsible) re-examining community impact partnerships as and community contributions.