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Sustainability and Ethical Production
At Molly Hatch, it’s all about making goods more ethically and more sustainably …
With my start as a studio potter, making each and every item by hand was my day to day business. Huge growth and demand for my designs over the past 10 years has led me to partnering with many companies all over the world to manufacture and distribute my designs. Retaining the integrity of my roots as a studio potter has always been a priority in seeking out partnerships. I work closely with all of my brand partners to more responsibly source and ethically produce my designs wherever possible. Recently, defining and sharing what ethical and sustainable production means for the Molly Hatch has become more and more important to the brand.
Over the coming months you will start to see more steps being made towards our goals. Our first step was in 2018, when my distribution warehouse completely removed bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts from all of your order shipments. The box and almost everything in each order can go straight into your paper recycling—even my packing tape is paper!
Moving forward, sourcing information will be included in each product description. I will be sharing as much as I can about each product, its materials and production. Below I have posted the Molly Hatch brand Guiding Principles for production of goods. I am striving to have every product branded with Molly Hatch meet these standards, and I am working closely with my brand partners to get there.
The Molly Hatch brand believes that the following Guiding Principles must serve as the foundation for its partner relationships, beginning with the basic respect of human rights:
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EMPLOYMENT: the dignity of work can transform a person's economic trajectory as well as that of their children and families and their self-esteem.
ETHICAL PRODUCTION: Work to ensure accountability of mission and execution by maintaining close relationships with all of the brand production partners.
PROHIBITION AGAINST CHILD LABOR: Adhere to all applicable regulations regarding minimum age requirements, prohibitions on all forms of forced and indentured labor and human trafficking.
WORKPLACE STANDARDS: Maintain a safe and hospitable workplace environment including prevention of abuse, harassment, and discrimination in compliance with all local laws and regulations.
SAFE AND HEALTHY WORKPLACE: Provide a safe and secure physical workspace including minimizing risk of accidents, injury, and exposure to health risks.
HOURS AND WAGES: Compensate employees in accordance with the local labor market and industry. Operate in full compliance with applicable wage, work hours, overtime and benefit laws. Provide development and advancement opportunities when possible.
CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP: Behave as a good corporate citizen by respecting local laws, not engaging in bribery, corrupt or fraudulent practices. Provide systems to ensure workers’ dignity and human rights.
ASSOCIATION AND GRIEVANCES
Permit employees to join or form a labor union without fear of reprisal, intimidation, harassment or termination of employment. Provide workers with a procedure to express grievances without fear of reprisal and address valid worker concerns in a timely manner.