A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the dangers and harms of overseas outsourcing for apparel manufacturing, citing garment giants like Nike, Columbia, Puma, H&M, and Wal Mart. Just one more reason why we are proud to be made in the USA, supporting local jobs in Los Angeles and Raleigh.
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Below are some excerpts from the article. Click to read the full article and interesting comments online at the WSJ.
“Critics worry that factory safety and worker protections won’t improve as long as apparel companies chase the lowest manufacturing costs”
“The demand for low costs, ultrafast turnarounds and zero mistakes in clothing production has put enormous pressure on factories throughout the developing world. Activists say that raises the risk of more disasters or labor unrest.”
“The manufacturing industry is running out of low-cost sourcing destinations, and it’s time to invest in making factories safer and better, rather than searching for cheaper labor,” says Auret van Heerden, chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, a monitoring group funded partly by Western companies.”
We realize that there may be benefits to outsourcing, and to infusing developing countries with industry. As a family company, we prefer to do business with small partners, developing personal relationships with transparency and trust. Thank you for your support!