On April 24, 2013, over 1,100 garment workers lost their lives because the overcrowded, poorly constructed, and carelessly maintained eight-storey factory in which they were working collapsed around them. The world suddenly woke up to the fatally high human cost of producing unbelievably cheap apparel, and the fast fashion industry was forced to confront its shockingly deficient and exploitative labor policies and practices.
Although there has been some progress in the past four years, we still have a very long way to go. Which is why, as we push to hold recalcitrant brands more accountable for their supply chain practices, we love to celebrate those that are putting their money where their mouth is.
Here are 5 wonderful brands that we think are doing an exceptional job supporting their workers – from farm through factory, and sometimes entire communities. 
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RAVEN + LILY

WHY WE ❤️ THEM

As firm believers in fair and just labor practices, Raven + Lily carefully selects partners who provide holistic care to their workers, such as assistance with child care, access to savings accounts, literacy programs and additional education or training opportunities. In fact, this Seal of Approval: Party brand requires their partners to sign an agreement in which they commit to abide by the Fair Trade Federation’s 10 Principles of Fair Trade. And as members of the Fair Trade Federation themselves, they pay – at a minimum – over 20% of local average wages. 🙌🏽

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DORSU

WHY WE ❤️ THEM

This 18 person Cambodian basics brand is anything but basic when it comes to their worker policies: Dorsu‘s staff works five 9-hour days including an hour lunch beak and two 15min breaks, and have the option to work an extra sixth day at an overtime rate during busy periods. They pay above national minimum wage, have great leave policies, including maternity (and paternity!) leave, and they provide their staff with on-the job + extracurricular training. That’s a whole lot of worker love from a tiny brand, and we salute them all the more for it.

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LOOMSTATE

WHY WE ❤️ THEM

Loomstate fully vets their suppliers before beginning any work with them – ALL of their Indian suppliers are Fair Trade Certified, which means that from the farmer up, they’re making sure everyone in their supply chain is paid well (all factory employees are paid above minimum wage), and has access to high health and safety standards. This Seal of Approval: Basics brand is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), and is moving towards providing its factory workers a “living wage” overseen by them. 👍🏼

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KROCHET KIDS INTL

WHY WE ❤️ THEM

What we love about Krochet Kids Intl is how each item is personally signed by its maker, allowing the shopper to connect directly them. Not to mention their beautiful designs and powerful storytelling: the brand is actually an NGO killing it as a fashion brand. Apart from paying its workers above the fair wage guide minimum, KK provides them with training and mentorship programs: over 80% of its graduates have started their own businesses, and over half provide employment to other members of their community. 💯

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NISOLO

WHY WE ❤️ THEM

When it comes to treating your workers are true partners, Nisolo truly walks the talk: it’s currently interviewing all its employees in Peru to determine a living wage, even though their current wages are already 36% higher than Peru’s minimum wage. According to their Fabric of Change Awards entry in 2016, Nisolo’s producers experienced an income increase of 161% since starting with them (!), 95% of their children are in school, and 100% of those who are in university will be first time graduates in the families’ history. 🎓

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Note: We’re celebrating these brands specifically for their labor and social practices. To see how well they fair on transparency and environmental practices, please do check out each of their brand pages on the Project JUST Wiki. And if you’re interested in only the best of best brands that have gone above and beyond in every way, check out the Project JUST Seal of Approval.

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Let us know what your fav worker-friendly brands are in the comments below!