Sometimes it feels like we can only make a tiny splash in a huge pond when we think about improving labor practices around the world. But we have to remember that every splash can cause ripples that spread far and wide.
Information is much more accessible today and that helps us dive deeper into what the real experience for garment workers is and how we can continually improve it. When it comes to wages, companies make all sorts of decisions based on what they think consumers are willing to pay. As consumers, we can make real change just by buying less and being willing to spend what things are actually worth.
From the business side, I’d love to see more factories paying skilled workers a living wage rather than just minimum wage. Companies should be insisting on greater transparency into the pay grades of the manufacturers they work with and whether these align with the living wages in the region, regardless of where they’re located.
For us, the time we’ve spent researching has been extensive but certainly worth the effort. It’s been challenging to find a credible source for living wage standards in India but Global Living Wage has been an excellent resource for us as we look into converting to Fair Trade certification in the coming years.
Working towards transparency and positive shifts for better and fairer labor practices is no easy task, but one that we all have an important role in. At Printfresh, we’re constantly evaluating how we can produce products with greater care and minimal impact. While we know that we don’t have all the answers, we continue to work to find the best ways to make and deliver our designs to your home.