DATA

THE PROS:

PACT has been a certified B Corp since 2011.

PACT reports that it is the only apparel basics brand with a fully-certified GOTS and Fair Trade Supply Chain, that is capable of achieving the scale necessary to work with national customers such as Target and Whole Foods.

All PACT cotton in India is purchased from family farmers in the Chetna Organic Coalition. Chetna represents over 15,000 small farming households in rain-fed regions of India. Fair Trade premiums are used for trainings and worker education. Chetna farmers receive a variety of benefits such as pre-financing, access to organic seed banks, technical expertise, infrastructure development, and advocacy. In addition, farmers are educated on organic farming practices.

THE CONS:

The brand does not have a product take back recycling program.

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

/ PACT has approximately 18 employees.

/ The brand uses 4 suppliers.

/ PACT manufactures about 1.2 million garments annually.

/ PACT assumes underwear and socks are worn/washed once a week. With this level of wear, the brand reports that its underwear and socks will last approximately 4-5 years without significant loss of quality.

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

/ All PACT apparel products are manufactured in India.

/ All PACT socks are manufactured in Turkey.

/ All of PACT’s factories in India are certified by Fair Trade USA.

/ The brand purchases all cotton used in its apparel products from the Chetna Cotton Coalition. Chetna is an NGO dedicated to promoting organic farming, at a village cooperative level.

/ PACT states that it can provide full traceability for its entire supply chain, from primary factories, to secondary suppliers such as spinning mills, and to growing regions for organic cotton. The brand states that it supplier names are available by request but as yet we have not received this information.

/ 100% of PACT apparel products are manufactured in Fair Trade USA certified factories in India.

/ All PACT cotton in India is purchased from family farmers in the Chetna Organic Coalition. Chetna represents over 15,000 small farming households in rainfed regions of India. Fair Trade premiums are used for trainings and worker education. Chetna farmers receive a variety of benefits such as pre-financing, access to organic seed banks, technical expertise, infrastructure development, and advocacy. In addition, farmers are educated on organic farming practices.

/ Farmers in the Chetna Cotton Coalition are paid a Fair Trade premium based on every kilogram of cotton purchased. This premium is held in a worker-controlled fund, and workers democratically determine how they wish to use the premium.

/ PACT states that it enters long term relationships with its suppliers, and has multi-year contracts in place.

/ PACT reported to B Corp that 100% of its workers are paid a living wage.

/ PACT uses organic cotton in all of its apparel and socks. This cotton is certified by Control Union to the GOTS and/or OCS standard.

/ By choosing to use organic cotton, PACT reports that it has reduced its environmental footprint by consuming 71% less water, and 62% less energy. Organic cotton also avoids the use of pesticides and insecticides.

/ PACT apparel products adhere to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) which prohibits the use of toxic dyes and chemicals in fabric processing.

/ All PACT’s wet processing units must treat all wastewater in a functional water treatment plant. The brand reports that full records are kept of all chemicals, energy, water consumption, and waste water treatment.

/ PACT has been a certified B Corp since 2011.

/ PACT is committed to the Fair Trade USA apparel program, and will only expand apparel manufacturing from within the Fair Trade USA certified factory community.

/ PACT is evaluating options to further reduce packaging, particularly for online sales.

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

/ PACT is a brand member of the Chetna coalition board, and is committed to expanding the reach of the Chetna coalition.

/ PACT is committed to adhering to the same standards that it holds today, even after significant growth and expansion for the business.

/ PACT has been a certified B Corp since 2011.

 

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

/ PACT is a brand member of the Chetna coalition board, and is committed to expanding the reach of the Chetna coalition.

/ 100% of PACT apparel products are manufactured in Fair Trade USA certified factories in India.

/ The brand purchases all cotton used in its apparel products from the Chetna Cotton Coalition. Chetna is an NGO dedicated to promoting organic farming, at a village cooperative level.

/ PACT reported to B Corp that more than 50% of its profits are donated to charity. We don’t have any further information on this.

/ PACT is led by a team of entrepreneurs from the natural foods industry.

/ PACT states that all of its full-time employees are shareholders in the business.

/ PACT reported to B Corp that it banks with a local B Corp bank.

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

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

/ PACT reports that it is the only apparel basics brand with a fully-certified GOTS and Fair Trade Supply Chain, that is capable of achieving the scale necessary to work with national customers such as Target and Whole Foods.

/ PACT reports that it is working with Fair Trade USA to continuously expand the program, reaching new production areas and communities.

/ PACT states that it is working with Control Union to expand awareness of the GOTS and OCS standards to ensure that consumers are purchasing authentic organic products.

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

 


 

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