|We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join - or not to join - a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school.
Continental Clothing Company has adopted a Zero Tolerance policy with regard to the following minimum social responsibility criteria:
Continental Clothing Company has been running a pro-active social responsibility programme since early 2006. All the Company's manufacturing facilities have been audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies.
These are in addition to other compliance certifications, such as SA8000, BSCI, SAFE, GOTS, etc.
Ethical Manufacturing & Justice for Workers
Pressure to produce quickly increasing quantities of cheap textiles has led the apparel industry to allow some of the most unethical trade practices on the planet, worst examples include child labour - bonded child labour, excessive working hours – twelve hours a day – seven days a week, unsafe, unhygienic working conditions.
To ensure that Continental Clothing does not contribute to the social injustice seen in manufacturing, commonly known as sweatshop labour, even unwittingly, since 2006 we have made transparent our manufacturing supply chain with independent audits by the non-profit NGO the ‘Fair Wear Foundation’.
Fair Wear Foundation
What is the flip side of a fashion label?
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) exists to promote fair labour conditions in the garment industry worldwide. Continental has undersigned the FWF's Code of Labour practices, and thereby has committed ourselves to monitor the factories of our suppliers, and the Fair Wear Foundation verifies that the Code of Labour Practices is implemented and respected at the factories. Continental Clothing was the first company in the UK to become a member.
The proportion of Continental's manufacturing facilities engaged in the FWF audit and monitoring programme is 100%.
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) works to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. By affiliating to FWF, we at Continental have committed ourselves to implementing and maintaining a Code of Conduct designed specifically for the garment industry.
Companies that become members of FWF and sign the Code of Conduct take on the obligation to adhere to the labour standards in their own business operations. They also accept the duty to do everything possible to get other companies in their chain (e.g. suppliers) to respect these labour standards.
FWF is governed by the following organisations:
Together with the Ethical Trading Initiative, the Fair Labor Association, Social Accountability International, the Workers Rights Consortium and the Clean Clothes Campaign, FWF participated in the Joint Initiative for Corporate Accountability and Workers’ Rights.
You can find out more about the International Labour Organisation, its work and the international labour conventions by visiting www.ilo.org
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
Environmental Justice Foundation – Clean Cotton Campaign
In support of the EJF’s clean cotton campaign, all Continental and EarthPositive garments are labelled with country of origin of the cotton used, thereby demonstrating our commitment to fight against child labour and for worker rights in Uzbekistan and elsewhere.
More high profile retailers such as Tesco, Wall-Mart and Debenhams are starting to recognize the problem of Uzbek cotton, and are demanding identification of the sources of raw cotton from their supply chains.
Pick Your Cotton Carefully
“Continental Clothing has become, to my knowledge, the first large scale mainstream clothing company to ensure that none of its cotton comes from Uzbekistan. Uzbek cotton is a state monopoly, relying on slave labour and the forced labour of hundreds of thousands of children working in appalling conditions for little, or often no pay. Continental are to be congratulated on this initiative." - Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan.
Continental guarantees that the cotton we use does not come from Uzbekistan. (Continental uses Turkish, Indian & Egyptian cotton.)
To substantiate this, each of the factories Continental uses have prepared the paperwork for both the organic and non-organic cotton, to show the source of the raw cotton. It took only four days to prepare the documentation, and the documentation had to show the receipt of the cotton as it travels up the supply chain of the manufacturing processes.
Insight into Continental
BAFTA-winning company Insight News TV is to film at the Continental London offices for a documentary film about Uzbekistan for BBC Newsnight.
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