What does ethically made mean?
It is very hard to know If a product is ethnically made as there are no official guidelines when it comes to calling a product ethnically made. There are no official certifications or auditing systems and no official definition for the term “ethically made’. Does this then mean that many consumers are making purchases thinking they are buying ethically made products that are not?
So what can we do as consumers to ensure we are buying ethically?
The main thing we can do and easily with the help of google is have a dig around into the companies your buying from, below are some guidelines.
The ethical trading initiative has outlined ethical codes of practise, founded on the conventions of the international labour convention.
Employment is freely chosen: This means no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining:
Employer can not intervene with or prevent workers from foaming or owning unions.
Working conditions are safe and hygienic: Regular safety training, access to clean toilet facilities plus portable water. Accommodation for workers to be clean, safe and meeting basic needs of worker, work environment to be safe and hygienic with steps to reduce hazard taken.
No child labour: No new child labour. Companies must create polices and programme to provide for the transition of any current child labourers into an education program.
Living wages are paid: Wage deductions as a disciplinary measure are not allowed. Wages and benefits meet at minimum, national legislation, or industry bench marks. Information regarding pay periods and wages must be provided.
Working hours not excessive: Total hours worked in 7 days not to exceed 60 hours, unless voluntary paid over time or otherwise negational by workers organisations. Working hours must comply with national law.
No discrimination: No discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, union membership, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
Regular employment: Work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
No harsh or inhumane treatment: No physical abuse or discipline, nor the threat of physical, sexual, verbal or other harassment is allowed.
So, If your not sure a product is ethically made I would suggest look to see if the company making the product meets these guidelines.
Does anyone else have another ways of making sure they are buying truly ethically made products, I would love to hear from you.