SOA_BlackPACT has been awarded the Project JUST Seal of Approval for Underwear. Learn more about the Seal of Approval here.

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ABOUT THE BRAND

PACT is an underwear and basics brand for men, women and children that embodies the motto  “Change Starts With Your Underwear” and is based on three pillars of good design, good fabric and good cause. Sizes available range from XS – XXL.

HIGHLIGHTS

THE PROS:

🔍 The brand reports that it’s entire supply chain is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). In December 2016, the brand stated on its Facebook page that some of its products are not able to be GOTS certified as they contain less than 70% organic cotton, and that for these products the cotton is certified to the Organic Cotton Standard.

💪🏻 The brand states its underwear products are manufactured in a Fair Trade USA certified factory in India which it has been working with since 2011.

👫 In May 2012, The Underwear Expert reported that the brand ties different collections you launch to various causes, including partnering with Architecture For Humanity, designing a collection inspired by Japan. Money raised from this collection helped fund the rebuilding of a village that was wiped out by the tsunami.

THE CONS:

♻️ We don’t have any information on strategies the brand has to manage waste and recycling during production.

🔍 The brand does not publicly disclose supplier names and addresses. It is unclear if the brand can trace its entire supply chain.

💪🏻 We don’t have any information on if the brand invests in suppliers’ compliance implementation through training.

/ PACT was founded in 2006 by Jeff DenbyBrendan Synnott and Jason Kibbey.

/ PACT products are available in the United States through its online store, and at retailers such as Whole Foods Market, Target, Sprouts, and Amazon. The brand is available internationally through Amazon and Target online.

/ PACT was a certified B Corp between 2011 and 2016. The brand chose not to renew their certification in 2016. We don’t have any further information on this.

/ As of July 2016, PACT had approximately 18 employees and used 4 suppliers.

/ In July 2016, PACT stated it had lead times of 14 weeks and that it manufactured about 1.2 million garments annually.

/ In June 2014, Sourcing Journal reported that PACT had released a new clothing line at 460 Target locations in the USA and target.com, and that it was Target’s first Fair Trade line.

/ The brand reports that it’s entire supply chain is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). In December 2016, the brand stated on its Facebook page that some of its products are not able to be GOTS certified as they contain less than 70% organic cotton, and that the cotton in these products is certified to the Organic Cotton Standard.

/ In June 2016, the brand stated that all organic cotton used in apparel products was from Chetna Organic Cotton Coalition. Chetna Organic is a farmer-owned and run co-op that works with more than 35,000 farmers, over 15,000 of whom are certified both Fairtrade and organic, and it is USDA National Organic Program, Fair Trade, and GOTS certified. We don’t have any more recent information on this.

/ The brand states its underwear is manufactured at a Fair Trade USA certified and GOTS certified factory in India, which employs 2,200 workers.

In June 2016, PACT stated all its socks were manufactured in Turkey, at an SA8000 certified factory.

/ PACT shares a video on its Facebook page of the journey of its products “from seed to shelf”.   

/ The brand does not publicly disclose supplier names and addresses.

/ PACT reports that its supply chain is Global Organic Textile Standard certified. GOTS has strict environmental and social criteria including worker safety and labour rights based on the ILO convention at each stage of the supply chain that is to be certified, including a provision for living wages.

/ The brand states that where it can, it purchases Fair Trade certified organic cotton to ensure producers are paid the Fair Trade premium, an additional amount which goes into a communal fund for farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.

/ The brand states its underwear products are manufactured in a Fair Trade USA certified factory in India which it has been working with since 2011. Additional benefits this factory provides to workers include transport to and from the jobsite, company sponsored meals, a health plan and funding for workers’ children’s education.

/ Certified Fair Trade USA factories undergo an initial audit and then scheduled audits every 18 months. Unannounced audits can happen at any time.

/ In June 2016, the brand stated that it enters long term relationships with its suppliers, and has multi-year contracts in place.

PACT reports that its supply chain is GOTS certified which means:

  • Organic cotton grown without the use of any synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides, and never uses genetically modified seeds.
  • Azo dyes and heavy metals are prohibited
  • Formaldehyde and chlorine are prohibited
  • Paper or cardboard used in packaging & branding material must be recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC

GOTS certification requires certified entities to report on waste, water and energy use, and specify target reductions. Alongside this, wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated before it is discharged. GOTS certified facilities must be monitored annually for compliance, with onsite visits at least in their first year and then once every 3 years. This is a requirement for any product that carries the GOTS certified label.

/ The brand uses a 20% recycled polyester / 80% organic cotton blend in its hoodies and trackpants, and 60% Organic Cotton / 40% Recycled Polyester in its T shirts.

/ The brand uses a nylon blended with organic cotton in its socks.

/ By allowing for long lead times, the brand reports it is able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by shipping via sea rather than air.

/ PACT states that it uses recyclable and FSC certified materials for all of its packaging, in line with the requirements of GOTS certification for its supply chain.

/ We don’t have any information on policies and strategies the brand has to manage waste and recycling during production.

/ In July 2016, PACT stated it was evaluating options to further reduce packaging, particularly for online sales.

/ In July 2016, the brand stated it was committed to the Fair Trade USA apparel program, and that it will only expand apparel manufacturing from within the Fair Trade USA certified factory community.

/ PACT has stated it is committed to raising consumer awareness of the GOTS and OCS certification standards, to ensure that consumers are purchasing genuine organic goods.

/ In July 2016, PACT stated it was a brand member of the Chetna coalition board, and is committed to expanding the reach of the Chetna coalition.

/ PACT works with local charities to donate excess inventory to communities in need. We don’t have any further information on this.

/ In 2013, PACT partnered with the Whole Kids Foundation and Indiegogo to create 100 Urban Gardens across the United States. People who donated to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign were rewarded with free PACT products.

/ In May 2012, The Underwear Expert reported that the brand ties different collections you launch to various causes, including partnering with Architecture For Humanity, designing a collection inspired by Japan. Money raised from this collection helped fund the rebuilding of a village that was wiped out by the tsunami.

/ In October 2013, Ecouterre reported that purchase of PACT’s leggings would help fund microloans for new entrepreneurs, create jobs for the homeless or establish food gardens in low-income urban communities, depending on the version out of three chosen.

/ In November 2016, Forbes reported that PACT invested in the infrastructure of Indian cotton-growing communities by updating tribal boarding schools for girls, giving them bikes for transportation, providing business training for women, and supporting cooperative training and research. It was reported that the result had been lower dropout rates and more girls staying in school.

/ As of June 2017, Bloomberg states that Rosanne Palmisano is the current CEO of PACT, and that Jeff Denby, co-founder of PACT, is its current Chief Creative Officer.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO made in the last financial year.

/ In 2016, the brand stated that all of its full-time employees are shareholders in the business.

/ In August 2016, Sustainable Brands reported that PACT was co-founded by Brendan Synnott, and that investment firm Revelry Brands, also founded by Synnott in 2009, had a holding in PACT.

/ In August 2016, The Guardian reported that Jeff Denby, co-founder of PACT Apparel, also co-founded a new venture called the Renewal Workshop aimed to reduce fabric waste by repairing clothes that customers have returned to stores as well as items damaged during manufacturing.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

/ PACT states that it uses recyclable and FSC certified materials for all of its packaging, in line with the requirements of GOTS certification for its supply chain.

/ The brand states its underwear is manufactured at a Fair Trade USA certified and GOTS certified factory in India, which employs 2,200 workers.

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VOICES

SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

“PACT prides itself on making “clothes that don’t hurt people.” All PACT apparel is made with non-GMO organic cotton and promises to be free of toxic dyes and pesticides, and sweatshop and child labor. Through partnerships with Organic Content Standard(OCS), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and Fair Trade USA (PACT’s factory in Kolkata, India is the world’s first fair trade-certified apparel factory), PACT is working to ensure all of its products are manufactured ethically and sustainably.” – 08/23/2016

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 STEVE HUGHES, CEO OF SUNRISE STRATEGIC PARTNERS | PR NEWSWIRE

“PACT is on the forefront of transforming the way apparel is made. The brand’s ethically produced garments are resonating with the socially conscious and value driven consumers that are becoming increasingly vocal in the marketplace.” – 02/25/2016

 


 

JEFF DENBY, FOUNDER | QUOTED BY MARGARET BADORE FOR TREEHUGGER

Underwear, socks, t-shirts, camisoles—these are the products people wear every single day and replenish in their wardrobes multiple times a year. To me, that was a huge opportunity for impact.” – 07/28/2014

It changes the conversation that you’re able to have when the factory knows you’re going to be with them for the long-term and that you’re investing in them.” – 07/28/2014

 

BRENDAN SYNNOTT, CEO | QUOTED BY GENEVIEVE SCARANO FOR SOURCING JOURNAL

Pact Organic’s mission is to change the apparel industry for good by upholding the high environmental and social standards of Fair Trade USA and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Our launch in Target as its first Fair Trade Certified apparel brand represents the growing voice of the conscious consumer and the success of a larger movement transforming the way apparel is made.” – 06/14/2016