Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Maggie's unveils first-ever fair labour certified line
Maggie's unveils first-ever fair labour certified line
10
Jul '10
Maggie's Organics, the nation's longest-standing producer of clothing made with organic fibers, is now the first manufacturer in the world to sell clothing that is independently certified to a new standard for Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits.

Maggie's sweatshop-free clothes are available at hundreds of stores across the United States and Canada, and also online.

Maggie's Fair Labor-Certified apparel includes Knit Dresses, Camisoles, Tanks, Wraps, Hoodies, and Pants for women, and Scarves and T-Shirts for women and men. This proves that ethically based apparel made with certified organic fibers can be affordable. Maggie's sweatshop-free clothes come in sizes ranging from small to XX-large, to fit a wide variety of body shapes.

Consumers have responded enthusiastically, says Maggie's CEO Bena Burda. "People love the idea of a quality product that feels good when you put it on, made in a way that respects the environment and also respects and sustains workers."

Up until now, third-party certification of fair-trade and/or fair-labor practices has been available for commodity products such as coffee, tea, and bananas. Maggie's Organics is the first apparel company anywhere in the world to receive this third-party certification.

The certification was issued by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), which inspected every stage of Maggie's production chain. The stages include farming the organic cotton, ginning and spinning the crop into fabric in Nicaragua, cutting and sewing garments in Costa Rica, screen printing, office and warehouse operations in Michigan.

Criteria include hiring, wages, working conditions, hours of work, freedom of association and freedom to organize, as well as worker access to housing, healthcare and transportation.

U.S. and Central American business partners who were certified as part of Maggie's Fair Labor apparel chain include:

• an organic cotton growers association and cotton gin in rural Nicaragua
• a new cooperative spinning mill, also in Nicaragua
• a family-owned knitting, cutting and sewing factory in Costa Rica
• a silkscreen and design shop located near Maggie's Organics in Ypsilanti, MI

"We've always taken pride in how we treat our planet and how we treat the people we work with, so this kind of certification means a lot to us," says Burda. "Based on the feedback we're getting, it means a lot to our customers as well."

In addition to winning certification from SCS, Maggie's Functional Organics is also the only company rated "A" for apparel by Free2Work.org, which rates corporate practices on transparency, prevention of forced and child labor and employee empowerment. Maggie's is also participating in a pilot project for Fair Trade certification of apparel manufacturing with TransFair USA, a non-profit organization that has led the process of setting Fair Trade standards for coffee, tea, bananas and other commodities.

Maggie's Organics


Must ReadView All

Building of Ethiopian textile unit by Chinese firm starts

Textiles | On 22nd Jan 2018

Building of Ethiopian textile unit by Chinese firm starts

Chinese firm Wuxi No. 1 Cotton Mill will build a textile plant in...

JD.com to invest $3.1 bn to revive industry in NE China

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Jan 2018

JD.com to invest $3.1 bn to revive industry in NE China

To back the government’s campaign to revitalize the traditional...

SIMA makes pre-budget recommendations to Indian govt

Textiles | On 22nd Jan 2018

SIMA makes pre-budget recommendations to Indian govt

Exemption of 5 per cent goods and services tax (GST) on raw cotton,...

Interviews View All

Karan Suratwala
Key Textile Accessories Private Limited

Chinese imports are destroying the supply chain

Sanjay Desai & Ashish Mulani
True Colors

Digital textile printing will be the technology of the future

Top executives
Textile industry

The foremost issue is bridging the skill gap

Urmil Arya

Sushila International, a well established textile organisation established ...

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Abhishek Pachauri

Reckon Industries adapts latest systems for manufacturing from designing...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Vaanee Bhatia
Gritstones Clothing

<div>Delhi-based Gritstones Clothing offers quality and exemplary style...

Sidharth Sinha
Sidharth Sinha

<b>Sidharth Sinha</b> has contributed to the successful rebirth and...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

January 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.1%
No
13.4%
Skip
17.5%

Total Votes: 97

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.9%
No
28.9%
Skip
7.2%

Total Votes: 97

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.6%
No
9.3%
Skip
3.1%

Total Votes: 97

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.5%
No
8.2%
Skip
9.3%

Total Votes: 97


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search