Since the start of the company in 2008, Raven + Lily has been at the forefront of the ethical fashion movement. We currently help employ more than 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, and a chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We believe that there is power in providing women with jobs through the ethical fashion industry.
Raven + Lily employs at-risk women in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Guatemala, India, Cambodia, and the United States. These women are challenging trafficking, HIV, homelessness, and oppressive situations. They help us produce all of our collections and we are dedicated to providing sustainable employment opportunities.
Yesterday, the anti-human-trafficking organization, Thorn, met in Washington, DC at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to discuss the impact of technology on modern-day slavery. What is modern day slavery? The CNN Freedom Project defines it as “when one person completely controls another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically and they can not walk away.” We know these are tough truths to face but together we can start to make a difference.
Does modern-day slavery exist in fashion? Yes. Many fashion brands do not have control or transparency into their supply chains, warehouses, or work force. According to the International Labour Organization, “170 million children are engaged in child labor, with many making textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond.”
What does that mean for you? Your discount clothing and home goods may come at a price.
Luckily, there are many tools available to consumers to make the right choices in purchasing ethical fashion. We have our own Ethical Shopping Guide, but we also recommend The Good Trade for ethical fashion and fair trade recommendations.
We believe in empowering women while making an impact for good on people and the planet.
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