Sustainability + People-Supply Chain

At And Our, we maintain responsible end-to-end production and increase consciousness of sustainability & eco-friendliness of our customers.

This page will also update you on our practices and who we work with on andourlabel.com. This page was updated on 06/06/2021. This page may be updated frequently to inform our customers on any changes when it comes to sustainable business practices.

Our products are ethically manufactured in China, where we have long-standing relationship with our ISO 9001:2015- and ISO 140001-certified manufacturers. These manufacturing facilities are audited yearly by an independent third party, to ensure they are upholding standards of occupational health and safety, and that humane work hours and wages are enforced.

For the materials (i.e. Deadstock fabric) we work with and the price point we design toward, our partners in China offer us the best combination of advanced manufacturing technologies, ethical work practices, and affordable production. 

We understand why many consumers are concerned about the ethics of manufacturing in China. We share these same concerns, and we hold all our manufacturers to our Code of Conduct below.

 

 

Code Of Conduct

 

Compensation

All suppliers must comply with all laws regulating local wages, overtime compensation, and legally mandated benefits. Wages and benefit policies must be consistent with prevailing national legislation or international labor standards, whichever affords greater protection. Workers must have the right to compensation that is sufficient to meet the workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income.

Working Hours

All suppliers must comply with national laws or benchmark industry standards or international standards regarding working hours, whichever affords greater protection. Employees shall be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual and free from reprisal if declined. Employers shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. The sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours or the maximum allowed by the law of the county of manufacture, whichever is less.

Health & Safety

All suppliers must ensure that their employees are provided a safe and healthy work environment and are not subject to unsanitary or hazardous conditions. Suppliers must comply with all applicable laws of the countries in which they operate regarding work, sanitation, and safety. Suppliers providing housing must ensure clean, safe, and adequate sleeping quarters, bathing and toilet facilities. 

Environment

All suppliers must commit to identifying and reducing their environmental impact. Suppliers must meet all requirements related to chemical restrictions, safety labeling, handling, and storage of approved substances while preventing or mitigating the release of chemicals and hazardous materials. 

Child Labor

Suppliers must/may not employ anyone under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. Young workers, under the age of 18, must not be exposed to hazardous, unsafe or unhealthy working conditions or materials. Protection against such hazards must be provided to all young workers. 

Forced or Bonded Labor

All suppliers must not use involuntary or forced labor of any kind. Suppliers are required to monitor any third party assisting in recruitment or hiring employees to ensure no individual is compelled to work through force, deception, intimidation, coercion, or punishment. 

Freedom of Association

All employees must be free to join organizations of their choosing. This includes the right to form and join trade unions and other worker organizations and participate in collective bargaining without fear of harassment, interference, or retaliation. 

Nondiscrimination

Suppliers must not discriminate against its employees during any stage of employment relationship on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or national origin, marital status, disability, pregnancy, and any other classification protected by local, national, and international law. 

Harassment

Suppliers are required to treat all employees with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse or to monetary fines as a disciplinary practice. 

Product Safety

All products must meet all Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations and requirements and guarantee to abide by all US restrictions for Hazardous Substances. 

Product Quality

Suppliers must have a documented quality system and improvement plan, including reliable “in process” and final finished goods audits and procedures that meet established and agreed-upon quality standards. These audits must be performed by a trained QA staff person with the autonomy and support to provide an unbiased report on the quality of every shipment of finished goods.

Remediation and Continuous Improvement

Brand partners and suppliers are expected to take necessary corrective actions to resolve any noncompliance and strive for continuous improvement.

You may also read Springdale (Jiangmen) Fashions, Ltd’s Code of Conduct report here.

 

Design Principles

 

People-Focus

To give everyone an avenue into something new, we design pieces that truly express body, form, and function. We also do this by staying true to our creative vision at any given moment—we always want the things we make to feel timely and relevant, but we do our best to avoid chasing trends.

People-First

We love people, we love process, and we love doing things right. When we partner—we commence a three round review on the manufacturer. This involves a lot of hard research, multiple phone and video conversations, and in-person reviews. These steps take time but it’s well worth it.

Made to Order

We only start making your item(s) once you have placed your order. We hold no stock, nor do we produce products beyond need. This is a direct combat of over-production, waste materials, and supply chain overload. This is the trade off of made-to-order versus fashion production. Made to Order garments are also twice as much time to make, fulfill, and ship.

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