Workers have strong unions and can affect their daily work
Our strategy for securing that people are not exploited making Icebug products has relied heavily on working directly with a few good footwear factories, and second-tier suppliers for key components, spending a lot of time at sight checking that conditions are acceptable.
Working at footwear factory today is different from the days of Nike sweatshop scandals. Factories must have a high standard to get operation permits from government and to pass third party audits. They also have to create an inviting environment for the workers. Our factories are all high-level factories with a high level of workmanship quality, proper safety and cleaning systems, together with recreational opportunities. Workers have strong unions and can affect their daily working times, the company lunch menu, salaries and healthcare. Dormitories are not an issue in Vietnam, workers live with their families and commute either with their scooters or public transportation. Our Cambodian collaboration-factory has arranged buses to transport their workers.