Fair trade factory visit
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Fair Trade: Factory Visit
Our team of ambassadors visit a Fair Trade
Factory located in Bangalore, India.
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WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?
Fair Trade Certified™ factories and farms must adhere to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards to protect the health and safety of the workforce. 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, prAna pays an additional premium directly back to those who made our clothes. Collectively, they then vote on how to spend the funds on projects that address local needs so their families and children can thrive for generations to come.

See Inside a Fair Trade Factory

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Seen here with her family, Rani (left) is the Fair Trade Committee President at Indus Factory in Bangalore, India.
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Indus Factory, Bangalore, India: prAna Ambassador @nolecossart (right) connects with the construction of his Graden Shirt.
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prAna Social Responsibility & Traceability Manager Brianna at a Fair Trade Certified™ organic cotton farm in Pamulawada, Telangana, India.
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HOW DOES FAIR TRADE WORK?

Fair Trade focuses on creating a market that works for  everyone involved.
These four pillars of their process keeps everyone on track:

1. RIGOROUS STANDARDS
2. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FUNDS
3. TRANSPARENT SUPPLY CHAINS
4. CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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START BY WATCHING & SHARING
"Not Impossible Mission of the Conscious Consumer."
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Shop Fair Trade
Support the farmers and factory workers
who make our clothing possible.
IMPACT REPORT: PRANA + FAIR TRADE
In 2017, prAna’s Fair Trade program has given back $150,000+ to 14,000+ workers around the world.
Since prAna became the first North American apparel brand to produce Fair Trade Certified™ clothing, we have given back $400,000+ to 33,000+ workers worldwide.
MEET RANI
Fair Trade Committee President at Indus Factory
Rani is the newly elected president of the Fair Trade committee at the Indus factory in Bangalore. As part of her job, she will help facilitate the next Fair Trade project designed to improve the lives of her fellow factory workers.
Rani
“The reason why I became the member of the committee is to help the factory workers through the committee. I became the president through nomination and voting procedures. Being a woman, I became the committee member to help the women who are working at the garments.”
- RANI
As part of the Fair Trade process, each time you purchase Fair Trade product you are directly supporting and helping bridge the gap between living wage and minimum wage. Each season, we consolidate the total amount of Fair Trade product sold, and we deposit that into a Community Development Fund, which is owned by the workers. Following Rani’s election, the factory workers will vote on how to spend this money to improve their lives and meet their unique needs. Their options range from educational programs where they can learn different skills or languages; healthcare programs including on-site pharmacies and access to doctors and childcare; and projects designed to improve their daily way of life.
Rani
“The Fair Trade premiums help me a lot. At first, they helped with my children’s educational expenses, then they gave a mixer and now they have given a stove. This is very helpful for the working employees.”
- RANI
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During our visit, we were lucky enough to witness the completion of their latest project: the purchase of new in-home stoves many families use to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
“We conducted a general voting and selected a gas stove as it is needed for all houses and it will be very useful in the future.”
- RANI
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Indus Factory Daycare: Nap time at the on-site daycare created by Fair Trade premiums. Also, just about the cutest thing you could imagine.
When we visited Rani and her family at their home in an industrial suburb of Bangalore, she graciously made us chai tea on the new stove before our interview with her. Replacing these stoves can often become a burden for families because they are expensive. If they are not replaced every 2-3 years, they can pose a very serious threat.

The replacement stove project meant the families of the Indus factory workers were able to replace their stoves at a much lower cost, because they were able to pool these Fair Trade funds and negotiate a better rate for the community as whole. We all felt very blessed to witness the completion of this project, and meet Rani as she began her journey as president of the Fair Trade committee.

Come back to this page frequently for updates on Rani, and the next Fair Trade project at Indus.
When we visited Rani and her family at their home in an industrial suburb of Bangalore, she graciously made us chai tea on the new stove before our interview with her. Replacing these stoves can often become a burden for families because they are expensive. If they are not replaced every 2-3 years, they can pose a very serious threat.

The replacement stove project meant the families of the Indus factory workers were able to replace their stoves at a much lower cost,
because they were able to pool these Fair Trade funds and negotiate a better rate for the community as whole. We all felt very blessed to witness the completion of this project, and meet Rani as she began her journey as president of the Fair Trade committee.

Come back to this page frequently for updates on Rani, and the next Fair Trade project at Indus.
MEET KUDUNJI
38, Mother of two
Village: Ghantikal, Muniguda, Rayagada, Odisha
Kudunji and her husband Sitana Kulusika are organic cotton farmers from Ghantikal Village in Muniguda Block of Rayagada District in South Odisha. They mainly grow organic cotton and paddy in their three acre land.
Kudunji
THIS IS HER STORY:
“Recently Chetna field staff informed us that all brands who buy our organic cotton have come together to form a coalition to streamline their sourcing process. This is great, because for the last many years, we were compelled to sell some of our organic cotton in open markets due to lack of buyers. Better coordination among the buyers means that Chetna can buy all our organic cotton and pay us a premium over conventional price. This year we could see that, because of the coordinated effort and brand commitments, Chetna was able to arrange for cash in advance (working capital) and transferred it to our banks accounts within two days.

Thanks to this collaboration, our cooperatives, groups and communities have received more funds as Fairtrade premiums and social premiums. Last year we started construction of a small godown to store organic cotton in our village with amounts received as Fairtrade premiums. These godowns have reduced the risk of fire and damage to our cotton and helped us hold our produce safely till we get a favourable price.

Over the last few years, some of these brands in the coalition have also provided scholarships, desks, computers, bicycles for girls, lab equipment, and toilet renovations in schools where our children study. They have also supported vocational training for our girls in the village.

All these years, we used firewood for cooking which emitted dangerous fumes and smoke that caused severe lung problems and breathing problems for us. This year, with social premiums from some brands and funds from Fairtrade premiums, Chetna Organic/our cooperative distributed smokeless cooking stoves to all households in some of our villages. Cooking everyday food is a pleasure now.

In our group meetings and cooperative meetings, we were informed that the Chetna Coalition members support a system (traceability) where the end buyers can know names and backgrounds of farmers who produced their cotton. We hope that with this system, buyers will be able to appreciate our living and working conditions better and see value in paying a premium for our organic produce.”
NEXT LEVEL SUSTAINABILITY
WE ARE 100% ORGANIC COTTON lockup
2018 represents a major sustainability milestone for prAna. All of the cotton we use is 100% organic. A large percentage of our organic cotton is also Fair Trade Certified™, creating a better working environment for the farmers, factory workers, and families organic cotton touches along the way to our collection.
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