Freeset in business for freedom
Freeset exists for the many women who have never had the choice to be free. We care about the thousands in West Bengal, India who are vulnerable to sex trafficking. These women don’t get to choose their occupation, and we want to change that. We make bags, tees, and hand-woven fabrics, and love that we are part of India’s long tradition of cotton and jute production.
With more than 10,000 women trapped in prostitution, currently, only 2% (Freeset and similar organisations combined) have had an opportunity to choose freedom. Add to this the fact that young girls are being trafficked from villages into this neighbourhood every day and one begins to understand the scope and gravity of the situation.
A broader strategy is needed – beyond just one business. Freeset has proven that a business approach to freedom works. The next phase must leverage this approach by multiplying this model and exploring new ones – at both the source and destination of human trafficking.
Fair Trade is a growing movement supporting fair wages and conditions for producers in the developing world.
Freeset is committed to providing fair, living wages and a healthy working environment for all employees. Wages are above the national minimum and all staff receive training, health care, child care, and savings plans.
As a business that subscribes to the ideals of Fair Trade, we are committed to empowering our staff and working to alleviate poverty in our community. We also want to empower you, the consumer to choose products made under fair conditions.
Freeset Bags & Apparel has been awarded Fair Trade Guaranteed status by the World Fair Trade Organization (Guaranteed status valid from 12 April 2016). This achievement recognizes our existing Fair Trade practices and our commitment to constant improvement. The cotton in our Tees is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified 100% organic, which means it is good for the grower and for you.