CINCINNATI—Freeset, a clothing manufacturer with a production facility in Kolkata, India earns an A-plus rating in the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report. Out of 130 organizations and 430 clothing brands surveyed by Baptist World Aid, the company is only one of seven that earned the high mark.
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report grades 130 companies from A+ to F, based on the strength of their systems to combat issues like forced labor, child labor, and exploitation in their supply chains. Baptist World Aid is a Christian charity organization based in Australia that works to reduce poverty worldwide. The annual report is released in tandem with the Ethical Fashion Guide which helps point consumers toward companies who produce ethically-sound apparel and maintain transparent supply chains.
“We are honored to have our practices recognized by an organization who keeps an eye on our industry and makes sure workers are being treated fairly and that we are reducing our environmental impact as well,” says Nancy Knapp, Freeset global marketing and sales vice president. “We’ve always made sure our customers know that we offer fair and dignified employment to the makers of our goods and we applaud the Baptist World Aid for bringing attention to this important issue.”
Freeset’s employees in India produce decorated T-shirts, bags, and accessories for use by organizations and businesses. The company says it believes that “that every person should have the freedom to work in a safe environment, get paid fair wages and have a job that they're proud of.” Freeset operates its production facilities in under-served communities in India to “offer employment to people who've been marginalized by society.” The company’s products are used at events like conferences, sales meetings, and employee activities and recognition, and the company also maintains an online retail line.
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