Protecting the environment is just one aspect of sustainability. Another important aspect is social responsibility. Two matters very close to KnowledgeCotton Apparel’s heart are poverty and child labour.
Child labour is a problem that is perpetuated by poverty. In certain countries, adult workers often earn so little that they don’t make enough to meet their family’s basic needs. This is why children start working to increase the family income. There is a clear link between child labour and low wages for adult workers – both in agriculture and garment factories.
An estimated 170 million children are engaged in child labour, which is equivalent to 11% of the global population of children. Many of them are working in the textile industry to meet the consumer demands for low-priced garments.