We are not perfect, but we will be perfectly transparent as we tackle the various humanitarian and environmental issues that have plagued the fashion industry for far too long.

THE PROBLEM

Brands do not know where all of their clothes are being produced. Supply chains mainly overseas, rampant subcontracting, and brands with an “ignorance is bliss” mentality are all contributing factors. How do brands know if their working conditions are safe if they don’t know which factories to assess? How do they know if workers are compensated fairly if they don’t know who their workers are?

When journalists report factory collapses, worker abuse, child labor, etc., it is not only news to the public – it is news to the brands responsible. For far too long, we have allowed the fashion industry to turn a blind eye to the numerous humanitarian and environmental issues that have persisted over many decades.

OUR SOLUTION

We believe that a responsible supply chain begins with knowing your supply chain. Below are some of our supply chain policies/philosophies:

  • Restrict subcontracting
  • Pay fair prices for products / do not constantly demand lower costs from factories
  • Slow fashion model – we make seasonless, high-quality garments made to last
  • Impose reasonable deadlines
  • The third-party auditor conducts frequent and random audits of our partner factories

LABOR EXPLOITATION

Brands, in their pursuit of maximizing profits, are constantly putting pressure on factories overseas to make clothes cheaper and more quickly.

Factories, largely in impoverished areas of the world and desperate for western brands’ business, are forced to cut corners (e.g. subcontract portions of orders without brand’s knowledge to lower-cost factories) to satisfy brands’ unrealistic demands. This translates to underpaid workers, worker abuse, and unsafe working conditions. 

OUR WORKERS' LOWEST WAGES

In addition to working with our partner factories to ensure fair pricing of goods and realistic deadlines, we have decided to publish the actual wages of our factory workers.

Fox & Robin is the first and only activewear brand to disclose our factory workers’ wages and one of only three fashion brands globally to do so.

Our hope is that transparent wage disclosure will initiate a larger conversation around appropriate compensation and treatment of our constituents abroad that make the clothes on our backs.

As we grow (with your help) and have more leverage within the fashion industry, we want to be an advocate on behalf of those currently without a voice – factory workers overseas.

MITIGATING OUR FOOTPRINT

At Fox & Robin, we do the following to minimize our environmental impact:

  • Timeless, high-quality products made to last. We have a slow fashion model
  • We donate 1% of sales to various environmental NGOs to help protect the environment and replenish the resources we spend
  • We purchase carbon offsets for all shipments, meaning our shipments from warehouse to customers are carbon neutral
  • The packaging uses recycled materials and is compostable
  • The packaging uses algae ink, a carbon-negative ink (most brands use petroleum-based inks)
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