Start asking about the ethical supply chain of your skin care

There’s something big happening at the moment and its something that everyone needs to know about because we all need to start asking more questions about where the products we buy today, come from and how ethically they’re being produced.

Nowadays more and more manufacturing plants are exported to countries like China, India and Brazil. We don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, setting up plants in third world countries can save organisations hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars and it also provides jobs and opportunities to some of the poorest people on the planet. But what we do think is wrong, is when companies exploit the working conditions in the following ways;

 

- Enforce extremely long working hours

- Slavery

- Turning a blind eye to worker suicide

- Exposing workers to permanent and disabling health risks

- Don’t provide clean drinking water to employees

- Facility is not properly or well air ventilated and so working conditions are either extremely hot, cold, or toxic

- The employment of children or persons under the age of 16

- Not providing adequate breaks to employees

- Not providing their employees with the opportunities to better their positions through training or education programs

- Not providing a safe and clean working environment

- Not allowing employees to take sick days without retribution

- Not allowing employees to take reasonable time off, for holidays, breaks, or grievance days without retribution

- Firing or dismissing a woman who becomes pregnant

- General unfair dismissal

- Non-equal pay

- Non-discriminatory employment or discharge based on age, gender, religion, ethnicity or marital status.

 

At the end of the day, if a company is saving millions of dollars by relocating their manufacturing plants in these countries, we believe that creating better and farer working conditions for their staff will not dramatically impact or hugely alter the profitability of that company.

I would also not want to buy products from a company who paid their male employees 50% more than woman.

I would never want to buy a product from a company that employs children who work more than 12 hours a day without breaks.

I would never buy a product from a company who exposes their employees to inhale toxic fumes without work wear protection.

I wouldn't want to buy products from a company that fires women who become pregnant.

I would never buy a product from a company who forces their employees to work more than 14 hours a day, without a break and without any contact to sunlight or ventilated air.

I would never buy a product from a company that abuses their employees, either physically or verbally.

Would you?