OUR CASHMERE STORY #2

OUR PEOPLE

We make sure that each member of the team is paid well, has access to all human needs, and feels championed by us to continue to improve both their own lives and our working processes to build a more positive way of working together and working with our planet.

  • With the Sustainable Fibre Alliance we support our herders' work through establishing relationships with herding groups – both formal and informal – that consist of multiple herding families in a communal grazing areas. Collectively, we refer to these groups as ‘herder organisations’. We support herder organisations in governance and participatory planning to bring benefits for their livelihood, land and animals.

We work with herders to help improve pasture condition and animal health. Herders receive better market access and are less vulnerable to market shocks. We run educational programmes for young herders and school-leavers. We recognise exemplary herder groups with sustainability awards.

  • As a vertically integrated company, we are able to set our worker standards in our first Brodie factory, located in Mongolia. quality yarn.

    These workers are members of our community, because of this we work directly with people in Mongolia to provide a supportive, healthy and rewarding atmosphere. With this blueprint we were able to carry this over to our second factory, in China, to replicate. 

    To set this standard, we ensured our Mongolian workers have access to subsidised food and drinks throughout their entire working days, free bus journeys from the capital city to our factory, a subsidised creche and childcare for all parents who work in the factory. We also provide apprenticeships with textile universities, nurse and first aid available 24 hours a day for all employees to use free of charge and paid breaks.


    Additionally, all workers choose their employment and can resign at any time. Factory lowest wage is higher than the Mongolian government minimum wage bracket and there is no output requirement for basic wage. Overperformance is rewarded with bonuses and no workers are under the age of 18.

     

    Throughout this process, we continuously ask our teams for honest feedback on how we can continue to improve the lives of our workers and their loved ones. We understand this is a collaborative effort by all. 

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