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4 Terms That Set GOEX Apart From Other Apparel Companies

 

GOEX is not your ordinary apparel company. We exist solely to improve the lives of the workers and communities we touch. We are proud to be an ethical company and want to share what that means to us by defining a few important terms that set us apart below.


1.) Ethical – A term used to describe a company’s commitment to applying responsible practices in all aspects of their business.  
  • It is important to us that we are ethical in everything we do, from how we obtain our fabric, all the way to print and distribution from our shop. This term means that by supporting our company, you are part of changing the lives of children and families domestically and internationally.

2.) Fair Trade – A trading partnership between businesses and suppliers based on dialogue, transparency and respect, with the intention to improve the labor conditions and quality of life for marginalized producers in production supply chains.
  • Fair Trade means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But if we get down to the nitty gritty, it means “better”. Better standards, better treatment of employees, better pay, better conditions, just better. At GOEX, we seek to do better in everything we do to support better lives for children and families.
  • We are proud to say GOEX is one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening!
  • GOEX is a member and abides by the workplace code of conduct of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an initiative including companies, universities, and non-governmental organizations working together to improve workers’ lives.
3.) Strong Jobs – Not just a job, but a strong job. A  strong job means workers are able to support themselves and their family with what they earn.
  • We believe the best form of orphan care is orphan prevention, and the best form of orphan prevention is a strong job.
  • It’s important to us that our workers in our KC print shop and Port-Au-Prince Life S.A. facility make wages comparable to their location and are able to support themselves and their family.
  • Daily wages at Life S.A., our apparel manufacturing facility, are 65% higher than the sector minimum and our employees have the ability to earn 140%+ of minimum based on production. All operators are paid the same rate based on production and time worked regardless of age or sex.

4.) Sustainable – Production with purpose that goes beyond simply making a tee or high quality print and aims to minimally impact the environment.
  • We must value the producers, empower the workers, defend the rights of children AND be mindful of the earth while doing it. There are three key ways GOEX implements healthy sustainable, environmental practices.
    • 1. Responsible Sourcing
    • 2. Responsible Use
    • 3. Responsible Waste
  • A better t-shirt starts with better raw materials. Our tri-blend shirts are made from U.S-grown cotton, recycled polyester and rayon. Every tri-blend shirt contains the equivalent of approximately five plastic water bottles!
  • Mega-factory shirts will typically travel 16,000 miles in their production journey —  leaving toxic oil residue in the ocean. Our cotton is sourced right here in the U.S., shipped only 500 miles to Haiti to be sewn into shirts and shipped back to the U.S. for sale, leaving a much smaller carbon footprint than the traditional tee.

Read more on how we cultivate environmental stewardship.

 

These terms mean a lot to us at GOEX and we hope you take them into consideration when deciding which blank tee you select or which screen print shop you support because by making this simple decision, you have the ability to change the course of lives.


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Cultivating Environmental Stewardship

 

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.

—Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

 

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship

If we work hard to practice Fair Trade principles, but fail to cultivate environmental stewardship, we have missed the mark. If we work hard to make things better for this generation, but in turn, make things harder for the next generation, we have missed the mark. We must value the producers, empower the workers, defend the rights of children, AND be mindful of the earth while doing it. This is the Fair Trade Federation’s 8th key principle.

 

Fair Trade Federation members seek to meet their own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This requires active consideration of the environmental impact of every decision the company makes and creative adaptations in business practices that advocate responsible stewardship of resources.

 

Simply put, members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are three key ways GOEX implements healthy environmental practices.

 

1) Responsible Sourcing:

We incorporate sustainably grown materials into our products by sourcing our fabrics from Carolina Cotton Works in South Carolina — they offer a variety of recycled materials. We use Repreve, a recycled polyester yarn and then spin our tri-blend shirts from US-grown cotton, recycled polyester, and rayon. Every tri-blend shirt contains the equivalent of approximately 6 plastic water bottles!

 

 

2) Responsible Use:

A large part of environmental stewardship is the day-to-day operational practices we have established. Our screen printing facility in Kansas City operates from an environmental and sustainable neutral position. We work with local authorities and agencies to ensure that the disposal of all waste/excess is in accordance with our positive environmental policy. We have an electric car charging station at our office and print shop to encourage electric cars. We recently moved into a new industrial building with large windows and low dividing walls to capitalize on the natural light, thus conserving electricity.

 

The main challenge we face is screen printing effluence. We are currently evaluating a system to capture all of our effluence from printing in tanks and to recirculate them and dispose of them. Attention is given to our suppliers to ensure the types of chemicals included in their products are friendly to the environment.

 

 

3) Responsible Waste:

When we can, we take extreme care to avoid waste in the first place, but it’s near impossible to be a Zero Waste print shop. Instead, we focus our attention on how we want to responsibly handle the waste we can’t avoid. We go back to the elementary school basics: reduce, reuse, recycle.

 

When it makes sense, we gift extra materials from the production facility in Haiti to the community. For other materials, like plastic, paint, cardboard, etc., we diligently recycle! We also reuse screens, boxes and ink containers in an effort to reduce our overall consumption.

 

 

 

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Fair Trade

 

Proud to make fair trade garments. 

What does fair trade mean?

Fair trade means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But if we get down to the nitty gritty, it means “better”. Better standards, better treatment of employees, better pay, better conditions, just better. At GOEX, we seek to do better in everything we do to support better lives for children and families.

We are proud to say GOEX is one of just over 200 businesses who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening! The FTF evaluates businesses against a “360° fair trade” standard – making sure its members entire enterprises are committed to being fair and responsible in everything they do – socially, economically and environmentally. Check out our blog to learn more about how we are dedicated to following the nine FTF principles established to maintain integrity.

 

 

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We are proud to say GOEX is one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening! The FTF evaluates businesses against a “360° fair trade” standard- making sure its members are committed to being fair and responsible in everything they do- socially, economically and environmentally.


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Code of Conduct

Our mission is to break the orphan cycle through the dignity of work.

LIFE S.A. (LIFE) is our sister organization in Haiti that serves as our apparel maker. LIFE will comply with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Code of Conduct standards, below. However, our objectives are loftier. Our goal is to turn the entire GOEX apparel enterprise, including LIFE, into a life-changing force for good for workers and children. Our objectives are to:

  • Operate the best paying apparel basics business in Haiti, as recognition of the value and merit of the workers.
  • Operate the most transparent production business in the industry, with an open-door policy for customers and visitors to experience what we do, how, and why.
  • Operate the most generous apparel enterprise in the industry, devoting profits to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

 

THE REQUIRED CODE OF CONDUCT STANDARDS ARE:

1. Employment Relationship

LIFE shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.

2. Nondiscrimination

No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

3. Harassment or Abuse

Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.

4. Forced labor

There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor.

5. Child Labor

No person shall be employed under the age of 16 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. Employees under 18 must not work with hazardous materials or during the night. LIFE will comply with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and all local child labor laws, including those that require special protections for the health, livelihood, and wellbeing of workers under the age of 18.

6. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

LIFE shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

7. Health, Safety and Environment

LIFE shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of LIFE’s facilities. LIFE shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate against negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.

8. Hours of Work

LIFE shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of Haiti. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. LIFE shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. LIFE shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.

9. The Workplace is Healthy and Safe

The contractor provides a safe, hygienic, and healthy workplace setting and takes the necessary steps to prevent accidents and injury arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of contractor’s facilities. The contractor has systems to detect, avoid and respond to potential risks to the safety and health of all employees.

10. Compensation

Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week discretionary income. LIFE’s pay shall exceed the minimum wage and the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, with a structure for employees to significantly exceed these minimums. LIFE shall comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract.

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