No Sweat (0607P16)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Sustainability

Passed: 29/10/2007 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • The environmental damage of the (non-organic) cotton industry and its negative impact on people1
  • The reduced environmental impact of organic cotton and hemp due to no harmful pesticides being used
  • That sweatshop labour and other exploitative labour is not a necessity and there are alternatives
  • The price of fairly trade organic clothing is not much higher than that of traditional exploitative clothing
  • That an increasing number of companies now stock organic cotton t-shirts including Caroline’s T-shirts
  • The huge growth of ethical clothing in the last three years, from £23 million in 2004, to £29 million in 20052
  • Ethical clothing is made of fairly-traded cotton or hemp and made in factories that adhere to the International Labour Organization3.
  • ‘There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it causes misery and hunger’ That cotton growing should not involve exploitation, and in this, fair-trade practices should be employed in cotton farming In the UK, workers have rights, for example to unionize, receive a living wage and not have wages held back on the basis of not doing forced overtime That similarly, workers in factories abroad should have similar rights, as recommended by the International Labour Organization (ILO), The United Nations Agency
  • To source all not for sale hoodies and t-shirts for Sabbatical officers, executive officers, campaigns and elections ethically; for example fair-trade, organic cotton or hemp and made in factories adhering to International Labour Organisation’s standards
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy