Fair Trade standards ensure that garment workers have safe working conditions, a voice in the workplace, higher earnings, and that women are treated equally.
MEC started with two Fair Trade styles in 2014 and we will have 32 Fair Trade pieces in 2016.
As a part of the our Fair Trade program, MEC paid a premium on each MEC Fair Trade Certified top. This premium was deposited directly in a fund governed by the employees at the Pratibha Syntex factory, in Pithampur India. In 2014 the employees made the collective decision to use the Fair Trade premium dollars contributed by MEC and other participating brands to purchase 2,711 rain coats for monsoon season.
We are proud to carry Fair Trade shoes from Oliberté and baselayers from PACT alongside our MEC Label Fair Trade collection.
Komil Baror, 24, from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, works as a tailor at Pratibha Syntex, in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India. A member of the factory‘s Fair Trade Committee, she has worked at the factory for 5 years.
Komil is very active in the Fair Trade committee and proposed improvements for migrant workers like herself, including establishing a community kitchen space, repairs for personal storage lockers, and establishing a designated room for visiting parents of workers, some of whom have traveled from thousands of kilometers away.
- Komil Baror, tailor at Pratibha Syntex, in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Oliberté makes all their shoes at their own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, using quality sustainable materials. Their respect for the dignity and rights of their workers makes them the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory.
PACT goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from the growing and harvesting of the organic cotton to the final sewing and all the processes in between, are as clean and responsible as possible.