All our responsible manufacturers are credited with numerous certifications although the WRAP certification is arguably the most well-known.
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) is a globally recognized, independent 3rd party certifying body whose mission is to promote ethical, humane and lawful conditions and practices in all manufacturing facilities. Companies accepted into the WRAP organization go through an extensive application process in which manufacturing facilities, working environments, and worker's rights are inspected and approved by the WRAP association.
The 12 Principles of the WRAP:
- Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations: Facilities will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
- Prohibition of Forced Labor: facilities will not use involuntary, forced or trafficked labor.
- Prohibition of Child Labor: facilities will not hire any employee under the age of 14 or under the minimum age established by law for employment, whichever is greater, or any employee whose employment would interfere with compulsory schooling.
- Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse: facilities will provide a work environment free of supervisory or co-worker harassment or abuse, and free of corporal punishment in any form.
- Compensation and Benefits: facilities will pay at least the minimum total compensation required by local law, including all mandated wages, allowances & benefits.
- Hours of Work: hours worked each day, and days worked each week, should not exceed the limitations of the country’s law. Facilities will provide at least one day off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs.
- Prohibition of Discrimination: facilities will employ, pay, promote, and terminate workers on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs.
- Health and Safety: facilities will provide a safe and healthy work environment. Where residential housing is provided for workers, facilities will provide safe and healthy housing.
- Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: facilities will recognize and respect the right of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association and collective bargaining.
- Environment: facilities will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.
- Customs Compliance: facilities will comply with applicable customs laws, and in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transshipment of finished products.
- Security: facilities will maintain facility security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo into outbound shipments (i.e. drugs, explosives biohazards andor other contraband).
A list of certifications & International guidelines that have been awarded to/followed by our Responsible Manufacturers.
BELLA+CANVAS and All Sport (Color Image Apparel, Inc. brands) are committed to maintaining and upholding responsible workplace and environmental standards. All US production and office facilities have received Platinum accreditation from WRAP.
Our Hoodies & Crewnecks
Gildan is one of the largest domestic consumers of U.S. They have a special program called Genuine Responsibility. The Cotton they use is sustainably grown and ethically harvested by proud U.S. farmers who have made significant improvements over the last 15 years, greatly improving their agricultural practices to reduce their environmental footprint. They are constantly improving their energy efficiency, optimizing water use throughout the process, reducing emissions and finding alternate sustainable energy sources, reducing waste through reuse and recycling and preserving the health of our ecosystem.
Gildan is also credited by the WRAP, but also follows internationally recognized guided principles such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), which are essential in today’s workplace. The FLA’s stated purpose is to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions worldwide, while WRAP’s principles establish a set of best practices commonly agreed upon in the area of social responsibility.
AWDis only works with WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified factories.WRAP’s “12 Principles” are based on accepted international workplace standards and regulations which encompass human resources management, health and safety, environmental practices, legal compliance including import/export and customs conformity, security standards and local laws.
Flexfit production companies have received numerous ethical certifications such as the BSCI, WRAP, ISO 14001 & Better Work. The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) is awarded to companies who strive to continuously improve working conditions in all the ways you can possibly think of. OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is an internationally applied British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems. It exists to help all kinds of organizations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and safety performance. ISO 14001 is the internationally accepted standard of requirements to preserve the environment and ecosystem. Better Work – a collaboration between the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group – is a comprehensive programme bringing together all levels of the garment industry to improve working conditions and respect of labour rights for workers, and boost the competitiveness of apparel businesses.
Bella Canvas recycles everything possible – fabric, plastic, bottles, paper… you name it! Their goal is to soon have a completely paper-free warehouse – and they're close to that! They have only one trash can in each building, so employees take part in sorting and recycling all waste. They also don’t let any fabric go to waste. Anything that isn’t turned into a BELLA+CANVAS product, is picked up daily and taken to different recycling centers. The fabric is then recycled into different things like tile, bottles, stuffing, upholstery – even energy!
Bella Canvas takes every opportunity to reduce our CO2 emissions. Their sewing and cutting facilities are run on solar power. All the buildings at our headquarters are equipped with motion-sensor LED lighting, which use nine times less energy than traditional lights. All the buildings are insulated in a way that allows for minimal artificial heating and cooling.
Bella Canvas dyes all of their fabric in California at dye houses that use 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer. California has some of the most strict EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, so by dying in California, they are adhering to the highest level of environmental compliancy.
One of the ways Gildan gives back is through donations: they support youth education and humanitarian aid. Investing in youth education can have a transformational impact as it builds job and life skills and prepares a whole generation to contribute to their own community. In 2016 they organized Gildan’s Glow Run 09 and raised through the participation of over $13000 attendees in Honduras, The Dominican Republic and Nicaragua which has helped thousands of children getting the education that they deserve. Since 2005, Gildan contribution to the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) represents over $1.9 million
Another way Gildan Gives back is by improving the community development: generating social and economic impact. Gildan’s presence in a community generates a positive impact on a great variety of local businesses and service providers. Examples include medical services, training, transportation and food service suppliers, as well as raw materials and accessories suppliers that include dyes, buttons, zippers, boxes and office supplies. They create many business opportunities by buying the majority of our materials locally. Over the years, as Central America and the Carribean basin developed into an important textile and apparel hub, they made key relationships with local manufacturers. Last year, Gildan’s operations in the region purchased in excess of $100 million worth of materials and services from local suppliers.