Beyond Sweatshop-Free With Fair Trade Certification
Fair trade is a global movement made up of producers, companies, consumers, advocates, and organizations working towards the mission of eliminating poverty and enabling sustainable development for farmers, workers, their families, and their communities around the world.
Fair Trade Certified factories must adhere to rigorous social, environmental and economic standards to protect the health and safety of workers. This means: safe working conditions, no child or forced labor, elimination of harmful chemicals, maternity leave, and much more.
For every Fair Trade Certified product sold, Mightly pays an additional Fair Trade Premium directly back to the workers who make our clothes. Collectively, they vote on how to spend the funds on projects that address local needs, so that their families and children can thrive for generations to come.
In 2019, the Fair Trade Certified Factory Program facilitated sending $8M+ to over 100,000 factory workers. By increasing capital and decision-making mechanisms, the factory program enabled these workers to improve access to resources such as healthcare services, education programs, and groceries. For more information about Fair Trade visit Fair Trade USA and look for the label to support better working conditions for the people who make your clothes.
Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills
Mightly works with Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in Kolkata India. In 2010, Rajlakshmi was the first factory in the world to achieve Fair Trade Certification under Fair Trade USA's new Fair Trade Standard for Apparel and Homes Goods. Rajlakshmi is a longstanding partner and supporter of Chetna Organic. In 2008, Chetna acquired a ownership stake in Rajlakshmi and shares in the factory's profits. This partnership provides many additional benefits the Chetna farmers, including pre-harvest contracts, financing and support of community development projects in remote farming villages such as schools, vocational training centers, eco-centers, women's enterprises and revolving loan funds.