I started my Garment industry career in 1999, where the industry was not a pleasant place to work as there was hardly any compliance or workplace regulations. Laborers were forced to work, harassed, underpaid, discriminated, and abused. Health and safety was minimum to none. Even though the standard working hours were 48 hours per week, we used to work over eighty hours every week including twenty-four hour shifts every weekend.
This was a global issue in the industry back then. Fortunately, around in the year 2005 the work environment started changing. There were a lot of documentaries, organizations started fighting against unethical laws/companies and customers were more aware where their products are coming from. Together, this has impact to change the garment industry globally.
The reason why I came up with Clothes That Matter is because I believe Arrow’s future is a completely ethical Supply Chain.
Everyone in the industry has work to do in this area. Factory certification allows us to care about the human beings behind the clothes we sell and the environment we all live in.
- Haritha, Supply Chain Team Leader