For us, how we do business and how we treat people are both important. We strive to be transparent in everything we do. We want to provide fair, safe and legal working conditions for everyone who works with us.
We located our CMT factory in the Tiruppur area of southern India. It’s a building designed and built for industrial use, so we can guarantee a safe working environment. We comply with local laws and international regulations, such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We try to ensure that the standards are not only fulfilled, but also improved upon.
Our employees have work contracts, are on a payroll and are paid monthly. Working hours are less than the local average – 10 hours per day. Over time is paid and not compulsory. Salaries are higher than average in the region. We also cover social expenses and light food. Transportation is provided as well as accommodation, when necessary.
No under-age workers are permitted. Half of our employees are from the nearby village and the eldest of the village is also the head of the factory. To ensure our standards are fulfilled, one of the shareholders of the company is Indian. He is responsible for daily operations in India. We also personally visit the factory regularly. The commitment of the local workers helps us to function according to our values at all the levels. For us, it is important that employees are treated fairly and that we can take care of their well-being.
There may be a lot of undesirable effects for a region when producing in a developing country, but our aim has been to minimise harmful impacts and instead bring positive benefits for the village community. We not only produce water-saving textiles, but we also keep an eye on all our responsibilities.
The available resources are used as efficiently as possible to minimise harmful environmental impacts. 95 % of the energy used in the factory comes from wind power. Waste is recycled from bio -toilets for cultivation, and to produce cooking gas for our workers. The fence surrounding the factory is made of 56 000 recycled plastic bottles. The factory is located in a dry area, so water usage is regulated. There is a well, and a water pipe built to the factory that benefits people living in the area.