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Stedman Hanes

Production conditions:

Fire Safety and Water Treatment

You will surely know that we act according to the regulations of WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). In addition, our own guidelines do not only comply with these requirements, but even exceed them, as we demand that our manufacturers meet the highest ethical standards and expect sustainable use of natural resources.
Therefore we do not want to discuss what areas of social responsibility, safe working conditions and business ethics are included in our guidelines (for details please see the “business ethics” section on our website).
Instead we would like to show you two practical examples, which clearly show the impact of our ethical standards in our production facilities.

Fire Safety and Emergency Prevention

We only accept manufacturers for our fabrication whose production facilities meet strict requirements concerning fire protection and emergency management. This means we can eliminate risk factors that are common in production facilities, where sales rooms and shops share the space in the basement.
To guarantee safety at work our manufacturers have to assure that in a potential case of emergency (e.g. a fire) no person will be hurt. All measures are taken to allow fast and secure evacuation. Our local Compliance Team inspects fire exits and ensures that there are a sufficient number of them and that they can be reached without obstacles. In addition corridors and escape routes have to be clearly marked. An adequate number of fire extinguishers has to be made available and in reach; first aid stations are mandatory.
To be prepared for potential emergencies, the staff is frequently trained during fire drills.

Water Treatment

During the fabrication of a T-shirt water is being used, e.g. while cleaning cotton fibres or dying the yarn. Improving the efficiency of these production steps, we help the manufacturing process to become more environmentally friendly, by reducing water usage to an absolute minimum. Such resource-conserving procedures do not only protect the environment, they also lower production costs, contributing to a lower price for the final garment.
However, what exactly happens with water that has been used during production?
Even today, for some manufacturers it is still common to return unfiltered dirty water back into the sewer network or rivers. This approach conflicts with our idea of sustainable manufacturing. Therefore we attach great importance to the fact that all of our manufacturers have modern recycling facilities installed to filter and clean used water, allowing them to reintroduce it to their production cycle.

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