What We Do

The Ethical Fashion Initiative is a programme that acts as a bridge, by  connecting marginalised artisan communities with global lifestyle brands. 

Linking international brands with our network of artisans gives these communities in challenging and remote locations access to the international marketplace. This access to the market creates employment for artisans, and an opportunity to improve their lives.

From Burkina Faso to Haiti, Mali, Afghanistan and beyond, we engage artisans all over the world.

We create meaningful work, with fair and decent working conditions, employing traditional skills, such as Maasai beading in Kenya to hand weaving of raw Afghan silk.

Our mission is to work towards sustainable development and create long term impact in the communities in which we operate. Through extensive training and mentorship, we build capacity and enable artisans to produce for the international market.

Through this programme, workers are empowered and can lift themselves out of poverty.

Sustainable Fashion

Goodbye to fast fashion and hello to a better way of producing, to a range of products and processes that have sustainability at their core.

In today’s fashion industry, the connection between the people who make clothes and the people who wear them has been lost. We want to reverse this and bring dignity to the lives of the people who make your clothes. 

We believe that the fashion industry has the power to be a force for positive change in the world, and creating social, economic and environmental impact is at the very heart of our mission.

The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

ITC EFI is the co-secretariat of The United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, formed in 2018. 

The overall purpose of the United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is to change the path of fashion from a social, economic and environmental concern to a driver for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Transparency

We believe in total transparency. That’s why with every order, we produce a Social Impact Report, tracking the impact of the order and every process involved in the manufacturing process on the communities involved.

These reports are then verified by a third party, confirming supplier information and the data we collect.

Explore our brands and the social impact that their partnerships create by clicking here.

Code of Compliance

People first. Fair supply chain. Living wages. Dignified working conditions.

Our code of conduct is extensive, defining fair and decent working conditions and payment of a living wage. This ensures that workers can lift themselves out of poverty through their work.

Social workers are embedded in the communities in which we work, and closely monitor the implementation of these standards.

To verify our work and social impact, we collect extensive data to carefully measure the impact of each order. This ensures that the work is positively impacting the lives of the artisans and that our projects are working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Supply Chain

Our production hubs in Nairobi, Ouagadougu, Kabul and Port au Prince co-ordinate the production of goods. They take care of admin and legal issues, exports, staff training, new product development, as well as liaising with international clients. 

 

Artisanal Co-operatives

Central Coordination Unit  (Hub)

International Clients


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