Poverty is a systemic issue. As Christians, I believe we need to practice mercy and justice on a personal and social scale. For those interested in Fair Trade as an avenue of action, below is the e-dialogue I had with a representative of Fair Indigo -- a supposedly fair trade clothing company started by some Lands End people, which is suspiciously vague about the location and specifics about their factories, wages and producers. I would encourage anyone interested to feel free to copy and paste my email (edit as desired) and put some pressure on this potentially fair trade company to make their practices public. Their website is www.fairindigo.com
My names is Jemila and I am an advocate and supporter of fair trade. I would like to buy from Fair Indigo, but I am concerned that your website doesn't give specific locations and names of factories, owners and workers involved in the production of your clothing. Can you provide me with this information and provide a place on your site where it can be publically accessed? This is seems to me a very reasonable accountability measure in lieu of current third party certification for clothing items.
Thank you very much!
Thanks so much for your email. We’re delighted you share our passion for fair trade. We appreciate your desire to learn more about the factories and workers making our products but we do not plan to share this information at this time. Finding fair trade factories was and continues to be challenging in today’s low-cost climate. In fact it took over a year to find the small group of facilities we’re partnered with today. We may publish this information in the future, but at this time will protect it as proprietary. Thanks again for your time and interest.
Ellen from Fair Indigo
I'm sure you're aware that certified fair trade groups such as Ten Thousand Villages publish their source info. I cannot in good conscience purchase from Fair Indigo again until that information is made public for the sake of accountability. Please let me know when Fair Indigo is prepared to make that knowledge accessible to the concerned public and potential customers. Thank you!
We understand your position and will look forward to hearing from you again someday if and when we publish this information on our website.
Thank you again for your comments,
Labels: Social Justice