Earlier this month Maiyet co-founders said, "we believe the future of fashion is about beautifully handcrafted products made with integrity, authenticity, and transparency. This is the new luxury."
At SAME SKY we couldn't agree more. After a particularly devastating year for Bangladesh garment workers, it is particularly important that consumers and corporations alike stand strong for humane working conditions.
This shift in consciousness is finally coming to the mainstream with corporations like Walmart taking strides forward in the ethical shopping movement. “At Walmart, we know that there is perhaps no single issue more essential to the progress of our world than the progress of women," said Rajan Kamalanathan, vice president of Walmart Ethical Sourcing in regards to Wal-Mart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative.
As a part of this initiative Walmart has introduced the Women in Factories program, which is working to empower 60,000 women factory workers in India, Bangladesh, China and Central America. This particular program will teach critical life skills related to communication, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity.
“Empowering women not only improves their lives but it is also good for customers and business across the industry. By educating and empowering women in factories and creating a stronger supply chain, suppliers realize greater efficiencies in their factories, which should result in higher quality products, lower prices and more reliable product availability for customers,” said Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Home for Walmart.
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