The Ethletic Manufacturing Welfare Society
A minimum wage and workplace safety are the foundation, but we want to go much further than that. We also want the employees in our production facilities to be able to have a positive relation with their customers from the “West”, which is often viewed with skepticism. We achieve this goal by giving the workers a voice in their workplaces and by promoting their own community projects with premiums.
It is important for us that the employees can freely choose the important purposes they want to use the funds for.
To be specific, Ethletic pays two invoices for the orders it places with manufacturers: The production company submits one normal invoice to Ethletic for the goods to be delivered, while the employee Welfare Society submits an additional invoice to Ethletic totaling 15 percent of the value of the ordered goods. In short, for an order with a goods value of 100,000 Euros Ethletic pays 115,000 Euros; 100,000 Euros to the supplier and 15,000 Euros for the community projects. We do this voluntarily. We’re not “required” to make these additional payments for any of our certification seals.
The employees are represented by an elected Joint Body who uses the premiums for social enterprises. At present, these funds are being used to finance health insurance policies, doctor visits, hospital stays, school materials for children and clean drinking water facilities. It is important for us that the employees can freely choose the important purposes they want to use the funds for.
What’s behind the certificates?
The certificates and seals from many organizations now serve as a guarantee for proper production conditions in production facilities. While this is a very positive development, we are still convinced that the focus should not be limited to working conditions, but should also include addressing how to improve the social living conditions of the employees. This is why Ethletic already founded the “Workers Welfare Society” years ago.
In addition to the commitment of our own organization, our operations are certified in accordance with BSCI, FLO, GOTS and FSC.