WHAT IS FAIR TRADE MEAN FOR SSEKO?
While Sseko has always prioritized these principles, we find it valuable and important to have the transparency and accountability that comes from being a verified member of a third-party organization that is a subject matter expert. To be a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation, Sseko regularly undergoes an extensive screening and audit process that evaluates our entire company. Not just a single product line, artisan group, or factory as a whole. The application process for Fair Trade Federation evaluates the trade, manufacturing, and sourcing practices of our company and suppliers and requires full transparency and contact information for our entire supply chain to ensure that, among many other things, artisans are paid fairly and treated with dignity and respect.
For example, the Sseko factory in Uganda is a beautiful and safe place for production team members, and every production partner we work with is carefully evaluated to ensure that each artisan they employ is fairly compensated and treated with dignity and respect in the workplace.
HOW DOES THIS AFFECT WOMEN?
75% of the people who are making clothing all over the world are women, meaning women bear the brunt of this injustice. While it is not the only measure of fairness, earning a living wage is critical to lifting people, families, and communities out of poverty. And while knowing the lowest wage in a supply chain is not comprehensive, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
WHAT IS A LIVING WAGE?
A living wage is defined as: The adequate income standard needed to cover the living costs of an individual or family. Living wages are published as a range with the lower bound of the 25th percentile and upper bound of the 50th percentile of calculated living wages based on the data from the WageIndicator Cost of Living Survey.
HOW DOES SHARING THE LOWEST WAGE HELP?
When brands are open to sharing how much the lowest-paid employees earn in their supply chain, they’re committing to transparency and accountability. They’re committing to joining arms with other clothing companies to bring awareness to the growing need for fair and dignified jobs at every level of the business. By sharing the lowest wages with you, brands are bringing consumers into the conversation and inviting them to create more demand for goods produced under fair and equitable employment practices. The Lowest Wage Challenge helps to protect the most vulnerable in our industry’s supply chains.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Now it’s your turn to join The Lowest Wage Movement. Please share with your community that Sseko has accepted the challenge and ask other brands to join! Share about the #LowestWageChallenge, and ask your favorite brands to join by posting and commenting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with, “@BrandName What’s your lowest wage? #LowestWageChallenge.”
Learn more about the Lowest Wage Challenge here.