Ethical Manufacturing & Justice for workers
Pressure to quickly produce increasing quantities of cheap textiles has lead the clothing industry to
allow some of the most unethical trade practices on the planet: worst examples include child labour,
excessive working hours and unsafe & unhygienic working conditions.
To ensure that Continental does not contribute to the social injustice seen in manufacturing, commonly
known as sweatshop labour, since 2006 they have made transparent their manufacturing supply chain
with independent audits by the non-profit organisation the FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION (FWF)
FWF exists to promote fair labour conditions in the textile industry worldwide. Continental has signed
up to the FWF code of labour practices, and thereby committed to monitor the factories of our suppliers.
They were the first company in the UK to become a member.
Organic Fair Trade Practices
Under the Global Organic Textile Standard (G.O.T.S.) farmers and field workers are protected by
stringent social criteria and by the ban on the use of poisonous chemicals that can severely the health
of farmers and their families
All of Continentals Organic products are produced under G.O.T.S
The GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (G.O.T.S) was formed as an
initiative of leading standard organizations in 2002 with the goal to unify the various existing standards
and draft standards which caused confusion with market participants and consumers and were an
obstacle to free international trade with organic textiles.
The 4 original organisations forming the working group were:
1) Soil Association (England)
2) International Association Natural Textile Company (Germany)
3) Organic Trade Association (USA)
4) Japan Organic Cotton Association
the Global Organic Textile Standard (G.O.T.S.) has turned out to be the leading set of criteria in the
field of organic textile processing more info is found at their website:
All the T-shirt range from Continental are covered by the Oeko-tex 100 certificate
Confidence in textiles – this has been the motto of the independent test institutes of the International
Oeko-Tex Association since 1992, with their tests for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 for textile products of all types which pose no risk whatsoever to health.
The Oeko-Tex label indicates to interested end users the additional benefits of tested safety for
skin-friendly clothing and other textiles. In this way, the test label provides an
important decision-making tool when purchasing textiles.
Confidence in textiles – an international synonym for responsible textile production – from the raw
material to the finished product on the shop shelves. For industry and retailers throughout the textile
manufacturing chain just as well as for users of fashionable, functional, colourful textiles.
Read more about oekotex here:
The Soil Association is the UK's leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food
and farming and it is their certificate of organic origin that guarantee Continental’s cotton garments
Working together with the Carbon Trust as an independent monitor, Earth Positive products are
manufactured using renewable energy (wind power & solar energy) resulting in up to 90% reduction
in CO2 emissions.
New also for 2011 is our recent certification Bra Miljöval (Good Environmental Choice) issued by the Swedish Nature Protection society (Naturskyddsförening) - which is something we are very proud to be associated with! Licensnr: 4-2010-0225-7
The ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FOUNDATION (EJF)
The Continental Clothing Company together with the EJF have been active in the boycott of cotton from
Uzbekistan where about 60% of the worlds cotton is grown and have helped to highlight the terrible
conditions under which the cotton is harvested, not to mention the impact on the local environment.
Julie’s Bicycle is a non profit company established to find ways to reduce the UK music industry’s
greenhouse gas emissions. Working with science and industry to find achievable and effective
solutions for the music industry and beyond.
Read more : http://www.juliesbicycle.com