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Real Talk: Disparity in Green Spaces Part I

Caring for the planet is caring for people.

At GOEX Apparel, our purpose is to use a simple tee to connect the customer and the maker because our customers sustain the fair wage jobs that empower our workers in their families and their communities.  So, we often get asked why we also talk so much about sustainability.  If our purpose is people, why focus on the planet?  The answer is simple – caring for the planet is caring for people.  Having a clean, healthy environment provides a variety of benefits primarily around health and wellness.  

 

Why does this matter to us specifically?  Many communities, and most of those where we serve here in the US and internationally, have been negatively affected by environmental disproportionality.  This is the reality that communities in urban or rural ‘poverty pockets’ as well as in third world countries face some of the worst environmental devastation in the world.  These communities have fewer trees and green spaces, more industrial pollution and waste and less access to resources.  This affects low-income black and brown communities at greater rates than other groups contributing to health issues such as asthma, diabetes, heart conditions and obesity.  In the US, this came to the forefront during this pandemic where we saw higher death rates in these communities because of these underlying health conditions.

 

And so, GOEX is doing our part to uphold the pillars of Fair Trade including “Cultivate Environmental Stewardship”.  For us, this means not only using recycled components or fabrics but also joining in conversations about environmental justice and equity. 

 

Environmental equity involves fair treatment and coming together as a community. 

Environmental equity describes a society in which no single group or community faces disadvantages in dealing with environmental hazards, disasters, or pollution. It involves fair treatment from a region’s authority and meaningful involvement with its constituents.  And none of this is easy but we can all do our part.  Here are a couple of examples of things we’ve done to reduce our impact on the environment & improve conditions for our employees in Haiti:

 

  1. One of the biggest pollutants around Port au Prince is Styrofoam.  If you’ve ever visited you’ve seen roadsides carpeted in Styrofoam food containers.  When we started providing lunches to our employees last spring, we knew we didn’t want to add to the problem.  So, we purchased reusable food containers and pay more for each meal so our vendor can wash and reuse the containers.  This provides additional work to our food supplier and eliminates daily waste at the factory creating a win-win.
  2. Our factory is not located in an industrial park but instead is in the middle of an undeveloped piece of land and surrounded by trees, grass, wildlife and fresh air.  Our employees walk to work through the trees and enjoy fresh air breezing through the building.  This isn’t the case for employees in other apparel manufacturing facilities.
  3. We make garments or accessories out of as much scrap fabric as possible to decrease waste going into landfills.  Check out our blog about our rib collection here.

 

 

We exist to make an impact. 

As one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening, GOEX is dedicated to following the nine FTF principles established to maintain integrity: create opportunities, develop transparent & accountable relationships, build capacity, promote fair trade, pay promptly and fairly, support safe & empowering working conditions, ensure the rights of children, cultivate environmental stewardship, and respect cultural identity. These principles hold us accountable to serve for all hands that touch our garments. Honestly, it goes beyond accountability. It’s our dogma. We don’t do what we do so you’ll like us and buy shirts from us. We exist to make an impact – to create jobs, to heal the planet, and to do good. 

 

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Celebrate Earth Day

 

From backyards to our amazing national parks, the outdoors is one of our greatest gifts. April 22nd is Earth Day. It celebrates the beginning of the environmental movement. The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and since then it has grown to include over 1 billion people and 193 countries. Earth Day focuses on areas such as climate action, science and education, conservation and restoration, activism, plastics and pollution, and bringing communities together. 

 

Fair Trade Federation members seek to meet their own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. 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. Caring for people means caring for their physical space too. 

 

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 screenprinting 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.

 

In 2020, we introduced buttons, labels, drawcords, twill tape and packaging made from recycled plastic. We also introduced a line of garments created from remnant fabric diverting waste from landfills – our ladies rib tee, rib tank and rib cardigan are all created from scrap fabric! In 2021, we added zippers to the assortment of components using recycled plastics.

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. We will also continue to expand our assortment of garments made of eco-triblend fabric diverting more plastic from landfills. And we are reusing boxes that originate in Haiti! Be sure to look for a sticker indicating your box is on its second journey.

 

Celebrate the day.

Earth Day commemorates how far we have come. Take the day to smell the air and know that you, as an ethical consumer, have done good. By celebrating and reflecting every single win we can continue to work for progress and for a better world. Feel good. Do good. 

 

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Fair Is Fair: Ensuring Prosperity

 

Comfortable, sustainable apparel is wonderful and our mission is even better. The fact remains true:  we’re a nonprofit organization. After costs to sustainably produce premium eco-friendly apparel and provide livable wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan Project. The Global Orphan Project exists to break the orphan cycle and one of the biggest contributors to the orphan cycle is poverty. That’s where we come in! We exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families. On average, one of our workers earning a fair wage supports six family members. GOEX exists to improve the lives of the workers and the communities we touch and one way we’re making good on that promise by providing fair wages to our workers in Kansas City and Haiti.

 

To provide fair wages, you must start with open, transparent conversation. GOEX management has spent countless hours with our team to help analyze costs, employment and tax law, and production benchmarks. We work together to take a long hard look at our mission model. Transparency means we can take pride in our product from seed to stitch. Which is why we have an open door policy at our facilities. We want to cultivate a relationship between you the customer and our mission based on consistent openness and respect. When conflict arises, we work together to listen and solve proving that commerce and compassion can coexist. Better business for a better world. 

 

When you make the commitment to ensure that your workplace has an empowering environment you are doing more than running a business. You are nurturing a place of growth, sustainability, and progress. Those who work hard should always have the means to lift themselves up. Fair wages are directly linked to a reduction in crime, utilization of social social services, and have a significant impact on the economy. By providing the means to eliminate the stresses of uncertainty we can create better, sustainable fashion and make an impact. Providing fair wages isn’t about PR or soliciting brownie points so you’ll buy more shirts from us. It’s about doing what’s right. It’s about contributing to a cleaner, healthier world. It’s about feeling good AND doing good.  

 

You have the ability to change lives through a simple purchase decision. Perhaps most importantly, your partnership sets an example in the marketplace that ethical commerce can affect systemic bottom-up change through the dignity of work. Together we can make an impact. A better shirt for a better world? Let’s do this!

 

 

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We’re Creating More Jobs

 

One of our 2021 goals is to create more jobs and we’re already doing so at our Kansas City office! We are currently hiring a Finance & Purchasing Manager AND a Screen Technician to help us reach our goals. Do you have a knack for problem solving, have a passion for fitting small details into a bigger picture, and value doing good? Apply on Indeed!

 

FINANCE & PURCHASING MANAGER

 

JOB SUMMARY: Position is responsible for the management of the financial, operational and reporting aspects of the Kansas City based GOEX and Haiti based Life SA businesses. Provides organizational leadership and direction in the areas of: expense control, accounting, purchasing, operations and fiscal budgeting.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Cash Flow Management:

  • Cash flow projections for all business segments
  • Credit management – establish customer credit limits & approvals
  • AR Collections – monitor receivables, credit limits and aging reports
  • Establish weekly payables schedule
  • Negotiate terms from vendors and suppliers
  • Accounting
  • Reconciliation and consolidation of inter-company / international accounts
  • Payroll management including sales commission calculations
  • Various month end duties to ensure financial accuracy and timely distribution monthly, quarterly, and annual financials

 

Financial Reporting

  • Financial statement preparation and analysis, ensuring statements are timely, accurate and GAAP compliant
  • Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings

 

Budgeting

 

  • Partner in annual fiscal budgeting process for domestic and international entities
  • Report accurate results vs established forecasts with monthly financial reports

Inventory Management

  • Handle purchasing of component materials including forecasting, cash flow and order submission
  • Ensure goods are processed and tracked accurately within the ERP
  • Coordinate and oversee annual inventory and cycle counts to maintain accurate records
  • Manage the order and invoicing processes checking for accuracy in inventory and in financial reporting

 

Dotted line responsibilities

 

  • Review integrations with finance software
  • Perform HR functions including benefits administration and pay scale reviews

KEY SUCCESS INDICATORS/ATTRIBUTES:

  • Familiarity with QuickBooks preferred
  • Experience in the corporate/for-profit accounting/finance sector preferred; retail or manufacturing history ideal
  • A desire to learn and grow with our company
  • Ability to multi-task, reaching into operational, technology and integrations within GOEX.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly analytical and robust problem-solving skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and oral communications
  • Diligent and able to complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and exhibits confidence in interacting with upper management and international colleagues
  • Maintains courteous, professional and effective relationships with associates at all levels of the organization
  • Able to adapt quickly to change and to function in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills
  • Commitment and adherence to GOEX mission and values

Experience:

  • Accounting: 3 years (Required)

Job Type: Full-time

 

 

SCREEN TECHNICIAN

 

JOB SUMMARY: Primary responsibility for efficient screen room production. Contribute to all screen print tasks and processes as needed.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Primarily responsible for post-press screen resets including pulling tape, reclaiming screens and cleaning squeegees
  • Maintain ink room cleanliness and organization
  • Review all films vs art proof checking for accuracy and communicating errors to the Screen Print Manager.
  • Burn screens and prep for print set-up. Ensure all screens are ready for scheduled jobs at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Assist press operators as directed by manager.
  • Assist in daily and weekly warehouse maintenance tasks.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned.

 

 

KEY SUCCESS INDICATORS/ATTRIBUTES:

 

  • Experience working in a screen print shop a plus.
  • Ability to work independently for most of the day.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Diligent and able to complete tasks in a timely fashion and with limited supervision.
  • Maintains courteous, professional and effective relationships with associates at all levels of the organization.
  • Acts in the best interest of the team, organization and vision versus self.
  • Is able to adapt quickly to change and is continuously looking for opportunities to improve efficiency and quality
  • Has a commitment to excellence.
  • Accepts responsibility for actions, projects, and results.
  • Asks questions when doesn’t know and can’t find the right answer.
  • Commitment and adherence to GOEX mission and values.

 

 

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $13.00 – $15.00 per hour

 

WORKING AT GOEX

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

 

Follow the story.

We strive to be bold

with our words and represent the ideals we believe. If you like what we stand for, we want to share more! Stay in the loop by signing up to receive our newsletters and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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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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Fair Trade Federation Principle #2

Print Shop Staff- Kansas City

 

Developing Transparent and Accountable Relationships

Wouldn’t it be nice to know where the fabric of your shirt came from? Wait… what’s even in this fabric? Who made it? How much were they paid? Were they treated fairly?

 

What story does my shirt tell?

 

 

The second principle Fair Trade Federation members must exemplify is radical transparency.

 

 

Transparency creates accountability from customers to make sure companies maintain open, fair, consistent, and respectful partnerships. The entire trading chain must be shared through proactive communication to ensure that producers and customers feel actively involved in the process. Maybe most importantly, when we make mistakes, we must work humbly and cooperatively with partners to implement solutions.

 

Here’s how GOEX opens the door (literally) to reveal all the things you’ve wanted to know or never even thought to ask:

 

 

LIFE Apparel Staff – Haiti

 

USA Fabric —

We pay more for USA fabric because we can verify the origin of our goods from the cotton fields to finishing. We can visit any of the manufacturers involved in producing our raw materials.

 

Open Door Policy —

We have an open door policy both in our sewing facility in Haiti and in our print shop in Kansas City. When you visit either facility, you’re encouraged to talk with employees and get a better understanding of how we support the people who make your clothes.

 

Working Cooperatively —

Making a difference in entrenched systems is hard. The Fair Trade space is full of trial and error and we’re not the exception. We’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned many lessons.  And we’re always willing to share those lessons with other Fair Trade companies. From pay scales in Haiti to sales strategies in the US, we see the value in dialogue with companies working alongside us to make a difference for marginalized workers.

 

Employee Empowerment —

We want employees at every level of our organization to feel respected, engaged and part of the team. We send all employees in Kansas City to Haiti so they can understand our manufacturing and the impact it has on workers there. In Haiti, we work closely with the employees, union representatives and line supervisors to ensure any issues are addressed and resolved quickly and with respect.

 

Pricing Model —

We are completely transparent with our pricing model. After costs to produce premium apparel and provide living wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan Project.

 

 

 

You’re invited!

 

So, we invite you to come visit us — in Kansas City or in Haiti. See first-hand where your fabric came from, who made it, or how was printed. And keep putting the pressure on businesses to remain fair, honest, and transparent.

SEE OPEN TRIPS

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