Make no mistake, slavery still exists. It continues even this day. Women coerced into prostitution. People compelled to work in farming, domestic job and factories. Women and children are denied their basic human rights, working in factories across the globe producing goods. These are all forms of modern slavery, and they exist in today.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) predicts that around 21 million people around the world are in slavery. The majority of them are women and children. Forced labour in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year.
Unfortunately, fashion and clothing industry is one of the biggest exploiters of workers and polluter of the environment. There are many initiatives like Fashion Revolution and The True Cost movie, that exposes these truths and encourages individuals to be more ethical in their purchases.
Just like people are invited to do so, corporates and organisations have a role to play. Is it time to for them to review the sources from where they procure their goods and resources? An ethical sourcing policy, ensuring the human dignity of everyone affected at the same time protecting the environment is a crucial step or a good starting point.
There are many ways organisations can play their part in ending slavery. They can start with one step. Just like one of our t-shirts quote says "You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones.".
Within our past 18 months of operations, Servi Store has already helped a number of organisations in procuring their custom merchandising including promotional apparels and corporate uniforms. We sourced it using a 100% Fairtrade supply chain and only used products made from organic cotton. We work with them closely to meet their specific needs. We are so proud to partner with them in restoring the dignity of the workers.
Here is what one of our clients had to say about our service.
"Cire Services used Servi Store to supply uniforms for our employees. The items were of excellent quality and the process from design to supply was seamless. Servi Store is highly recommended." Robynne Mauger. Cire Services.
What are the other ways you think organisations can help end modern slavery?