The factory we work with in India cares deeply about the safety of its workers. They provide PPE, carry out regular temperature checks, and are regularly audited by Sedex, an organization that provides worker safety oversight. In addition, they have purchased COVID insurance for their workers should anyone get sick.
Pre-Covid, we traveled to our India factories frequently and have developed personal relationships with the teams that create our garments. Since the rise of their current crisis, we have been in constant contact with them in order to stay updated on the situation and provide assistance in a way that is most meaningful to their community in India.
We recently secured a number of oxygen concentrators that shipped to India last week, totaling $8,000 so far. We’ve also made a $1,000 donation to GiveIndia to help provide additional aid and supplies.
In addition to medical supply shortages, our factories are also facing business challenges as a result of capacity restrictions and workflow. In order to help ensure that our partners have a steady, manageable stream of work (they need work from design companies in order to keep their businesses running) we are committed to making changes to our process. This means shifting our design deadlines, moving ordering timelines and making changes to how we ship our upcoming deliveries.
We don’t know how long it will take for the situation in India to improve, but we are committed to doing everything we can, for as long as we can, to support our partners and their community. We will update this page as our efforts continue.