We are looking at producing outside the UK. However, it is very important that the factory is ethical. Are there any internationally recognised standards / certifications that the factory would have signed up to, to proove it is ethical? If so how can I find this out? Does anyone have any experience of working with factories outside the European Union and if so how did they vet the factory?
If anyone can guide me in the right diretion that would be great.
Dear Harry, have a look at our website www.annliz.com. We could put you in contact with ethcial, small organisations and havbe the whole production process monitored for you. We are orginially from the Netherlands, now based on Bali, dedicated to improve the fashion industry over here. Just drop a line when you are interested! Mera
Indeed a tricky area, particularly when working with overseas companies and limited ability to travel. Even big fashion companies have to carry out regular checks on their suppliers to make sure all aspects are respected.
You must also take into consideration the type of product you are making as some countries have specialised factories for certain type of products or just are better at them than others.
If, however, you are still considering UK production, give me a ring or drop me an email. I run a small sampling and production unit in South Wimbledon and we have implemented many ethical and sustainable standards to our everyday practises.