11% of the global population of children are engaged in child labour. Which in reality is 170 million childrens of the world.
Protecting the environment is just one aspect of sustainability. Another important aspect is social responsibility. Two matters very close to KnowledgeCotton Apparel’s heart are poverty and child labour.
Child labour is a problem that is perpetuated by poverty. In certain countries, adult workers often earn so little that they don’t make enough to meet their family’s basic needs. This is why children start working to increase the family income. There is a clear link between child labour and low wages for adult workers – both in agriculture and garment factories.
An estimated 170 million children are engaged in child labour, which is equivalent to 11% of the global population of children. Many of them are working in the textile industry to meet the consumer demands for low-priced garments.
In our opinion, every child should have the right to be a child. By paying living wages to farmers and workers, we help ensure that they earn enough to care for the entire family so they aren’t dependent on the support of their children.
To ensure fair wages and other crucial factors in social responsibility, our suppliers are third-party certified by SA8000, GOTS, GRS, BSCI and Fairtrade, which independently monitor social labour situations in the factories and cotton fields.
At KnowledgeCotton Apparel, we have our own Code of Conduct in accordance with ILO standards, the Global Compact, the Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and in compliance with the local laws aligned with our third-party certifications.