BUSINESS CALL TO ACTION - Impact Case Study with Ethical Apparel Africa
As a Business Call to Action (BCtA) member company, Ethical Apparel Africa participated in BCtA’s Impact Champions Programme via BCtA’s Impact Lab, to understand the impact of its business activities on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and collect evidence to inform its strategy and operations.
This report outlines the findings we came to throughout this process.
EAA and Maagrace launch new model factory in Ghana with USAID support
February 1st 2021
With the support of a $1.3 million co-investment grant, EAA is raising the bar on human-centered manufacturing and cost competitive production for the garment industry in Ghana.
As one of the New USAID West Africa Trade Hub’s first grantees, EAA will establish a model factory with modern equipment and new technology to accelerate the industry’s growth in the region, creating 800 jobs over the course of the project, 70 percent to women.
Funded by USAID, the Trade Hub aims to address some of the region’s biggest development challenges, such as women’s empowerment and employment, by unlocking private capital and directing it to high-impact projects.
ETI supports the Open Apparel Registry that EAA is an active member of
September 14th, 2020
Launched in March 2019, the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) is a free, neutral and open source tool mapping garment facilities worldwide and allocating a unique ID to each. The tool is populated by contributions from industry and counts many ETI brand members amongst its contributors, including Gap, H&M, C&A, New Look and Tesco.
As well as brand contributors, the OAR has received data from civil society organisations such as Solidaridad and the Worker Rights Consortium and manufacturing groups including ETI member Ethical Apparel Africa
The Uniform Industry recognizes EAA's effors to strengthen the resilience of the clothing manufacturing industry
July 7th, 2020
The North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) celebrates EAA for its work to support West African parter factories pivoting manufacturing to PPE and essentially needed apparel for individuals and health care providers.
The NAUMD is the association for the uniform and image apparel industry. Their members come from the entire uniform supply chain: distributors – manufacturers – fabric mills & associated suppliers.
EAA’s Director of Sales & Partnerships talks sustainability and growth in the midst of COVID-19 response
June 3rd, 2020
In an interview given to Fashionomics Africa, Carly Beischer outlines how EAA has pivoted its business in 2020 to contribute to COVID-19 response. This includes producing 50K sets of ‘emergency relief’ medical scrubs for donation and low-cost sale to local healthcare providers, building a world-class surgical mask production unit and ensuring workers' health, safety and well being are safeguarded and continuously assessed.
EAA's COO recognized as a Forbes '30 under 30' Entrepreneur
March 17, 2020
EAA's COO Paloma Schackert has been recognized by Forbes in their 30 under 30 Entrepreneurs 2020 winners list for the Social Entrepreneurship category.
This year’s list is the result of thousands of international nominations, months of investigative reporting and the seal of approval from our panel of expert judges. The result: 300 young visionaries boldly redefining ten industries across 32 European countries (and hailing from an additional 30 non-European countries)
EAA in the Economist Intelligence Unit report
November 14, 2019
Promise and perils: Scaling up businesses in sub-Saharan Africa is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The report examines factors enabling businesses in sub-Saharan Africa to scale. It considers the policy environment, state of technology and infrastructure, and financing opportunities and challenges.
EAA was interviewed alongside other high growth businesses who contributed perspectives to the report.
It’s a win for women and for business
June 5, 2019
10 companies today, including Unilever and Nordstrom, announced new & groundbreaking commitments to improve the health & empowerment of their female workers
Ethical Apparel Africa will provide support to workplace empowerment
& health programs, including family planning & maternal health care, reaching 1,500 women in garment factories in Ghana
EAA has been selected as a CO 10 winner for the CO Leadership Awards 2019
March 13, 2019
EAA was honored alongside nine other businesses, chosen among over 700 applicants. The CO Leadership Awards champion trailblazing apparel businesses that are pushing the boundaries of creativity, combining great products & services with business practices that change lives and solve environmental challenges.
EAA's commitment to social responsibility recognized by Business Call to Action at the UNDP
January 3, 2019
Launched at the United Nations, BCtA aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models. In becoming a BCtA member EAA joins a cohort of over 200 market leading enterprises contributing to global development efforts.
EAA and Alfie Designs celebrate the #FashionRevolution
April 25, 2018
Ethical Apparel Africa partnered with Alfie Designs to celebrate the #FashionRevolution. Watch the video to learn more about our work to advance ethical manufacturing in Ghana and to hear directly from workers.
EAA Partner Factoy KAD produces innovative product for U.S. pet market
December 20, 2017
US company PAW5 specializes in products to stimulate dogs mentally while feeding them. PAW5 is committed to building a sustainable supply chain and has developed a strong partnership with EAA and KAD Manufacturing. Their recent order enabled KAD to hire and train 60 additional people and provide incentives, resulting in higher productivity and 1.5X take home pay.
EAA supports partner factory ANC to complete first-ever apparel export under AGOA from Benin to the USA
October 2, 2017
With the export of a container of 15K clergy wear products to Hurley's Religious Goods in the USA, EAA partner factory ANC achieved a major milestone. US Ambassador to Benin, Lucy Tamlyn, remarked “I congratulate Benin on the country’s first apparel AGOA shipment and ANC for its first export to the United States. I’m also pleased to note that the growth at ANC is being achieved alongside a strong commitment to ethical standards. The jobs that are being created will empower employees to support their families and communities.”
EAA mention in the weekend Times
August 21, 2017
Ethical Apparel Africa was highlighted in the weekend edition of the Times (UK) for our long-standing partnership with luxury floral shirt company Irvine.
Founder Al Irvine says of EAA: "This is exactly what I was looking for: an expert who can provide not only superlative quality products but also guarantee that those who create my shirts are getting good wages and the highest standards of working conditions, training and educational opportunities."
EAA featured in Huffington Post Style UK
August 14, 2016
The UK luxury nightwear company Tales of Thread feature in the Huffington Post focused on their ethical sourcing partnership with Ethical Apparel Africa, manufacturing in woman-owned factories centered on providing education and empowerment opportunities for their (predominantly female) workforce.
EAA featured in Ashoka Forbes article on making the fashion industry 'a force for good'
May 13, 2016
"Africa is fast emerging as the newest hub for apparel sourcing, but the risk is that brands will migrate there in search of lower costs, and supply chains will develop the same unethical and unsustainable characteristics that already exist in other parts of the world. Despite the risk, African apparel manufacturing presents a huge opportunity to reimagine the apparel supply chain and design it from scratch with sustainability at its core. Ethical Apparel Africa is doing just that."
Ethical Apparel Africa leads the first-ever West Africa contingent at world's largest apparel trade show, MAGIC
February 12, 2016
In partnership with USAID and the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub, Ethical Apparel Africa led a coalition of four factories from Ghana and Benin to exhibit at MAGIC. The West African factories showcased their production capabilities and emphasized the advantages of manufacturing in the region.
EAA’s co-founder Paloma Schakert discusses how EAA treats transparency as an advantage and what drove her to start EAA.
“I chose to work in this industry because 75% of its workers are women,” she says. “And the gender dynamics are exactly as you’d expect: It’s pretty much all women at sewing machines and all men in management roles. Combined with the industry’s reputation for exploitation and poor working conditions, it’s one that’s ripe for change, and the scaled potential for women is huge.”
EAA participates in Open University Study on COVID impacts in Africa
March 15th 2021
In Africa and across the globe, the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of manufacturing supply chains, particularly in relation to essential commodities for healthcare. It has forced a global recognition of local manufacturing and supply chains’ centrality to local health security. This report summarises findings from a webinar, hosted on 28 October 2020, which brought African manufacturers
in health-related industries together with engaged academics in India and Africa, and other professionals working on the regulation, distribution and industrial support in African countries. The webinar aimed to capture the immediate experience of manufacturing under Covid-19 conditions in Africa and India and to draw lessons for policy.
EAA's contribution to West Africa Covid-19 emergency medical scrubs and PPE
July 15th, 2020
EAA was also featured in the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) for its incredibly quick response to the new COVID 19 pandemic.
The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide, the first and only UK Worldwide sector-specific trade body devoted to the multi-faceted professional clothing industry
EAA contributing to Manufacturing Pivot to scrubs & PPE
July 1st, 2020
To combat global shortages, EAA is working with its factory partners in Ghana (KAD Manufacturing, Alfie Designs and Maagrace) and Benin (ANC) to pivot manufacturing to essentially needed apparel and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers.
These programs have been supported by USAID, DFID and GIZ who are all committed to supporting industry resilience, strengthening healthcare providers’ preparedness for pandemic response, promoting private sector growth and facilitating trade.
Dog entertained in quarantine with great toys produced in Ghana!
May 15th, 2020
Dogs need to be busy during quarantine too! This article features both KONG and PAW5, two great US company whose well deigned dogs toys accessories are made in Ghana at KAD Manufacturing, one of EAA partner factories who has specialized in pets accessories in the last couple of years!
EAA at the Harvard Business School 'Africa Business Conference'
February 15, 2020
EAA's COO Paloma Schackert spoke at the Harvard Business School 'Africa Business Conference' on the Manufacturing panel alongside experts from the IFC and McKinsey on overcoming manufacturing challenges on the continent.
1,000+ people from across the African continent and diaspora were brought together to discuss Africa's challenges and opportunities for the next two decades.
Will Ghana be the new sourcing hub? Q&A with Keren Pybus of Ethical Apparel Africa
June 17, 2019
In their latest article, Fashion United digs into why is it so common for garment factory workers to be paid less than a living wage.
Part of the answer is the West’s appetite for cheap clothing. In short, if consumers are not paying for it, somebody else is. But Keren Pybus, co-founder of Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), doesn’t think ethical production and cost-competitiveness are mutually exclusive.
West Africa Sourcing Summit - Ghana’s growing apparel manufacturing industry attracts U.S. brands
May 8, 2019
USAID and EAA welcome USA companies to Accra to highlight Ghana and Benin’s growing apparel manufacturing industry and sourcing opportunities in apparel exports. The three day conference, led by EAA at the Movenpick Hotel, will enable brand sourcing executives from the U.S. to visit factories in Ghana and Benin, meet factory owners and engage with logistics and trade and export specialists in order to understand the benefits for their organization.
GIZ public-private partnership launched with DTRT, EAA, Gerber & Groz Beckert
February 11, 2019
Alongside private sector partners DTRT, Gerber and Groz Beckert, EAA has collaborated with GIZ to launch a new develoPPP program to address vocational training needs for skilled managers and workers to drive the industry forward. This $2.4M project will establish a public Center of Excellence in Ghana for training in critical skill areas such as digital pattern-making, industrial engineering, and QC.
EAA works with DFID and the UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce to invite select apparel stakeholders to an Investment Summit
October 12, 2018
Carly Beischer, EAA Partnerships Director, spoke on a panel regarding building long-term mutually beneficial partnerships with brands. The President of Ghana gave the keynote address focused on the investment case for Ghana and his “Ghana Beyond Aid” vision.
Textiles & Apparel Standards Training in Ghana & Cote d'Ivoire
April 4, 2018
EAA partnered with ANSI, USAID and the Standards Alliance to organize a training series in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire on apparel testing standards. More than 100 people attended, including national standards bodies/labs, manufacturers, and ministries of trade.
EAA COO speaks at Harvard Law & International Development Symposium
November 9, 2017
Paloma Schackert spoke alongside Oxfam, Center for Global Development and others at the annual Harvard LIDS conference on the theme of "development beyond aid" and the key role of social enterprise in catalyzing more sustainable supply chains.
EAA highlighted in Greenpeace report “Fashion at the Cross Roads”
September 20, 2017
In a review of initiatives to slow and close the loop in the fashion industry, Ethical Apparel Africa is one of the examples showing that a sustainability strategy can deliver on both social and environmental objectives and ethical manufacturing can be tackled at supplier level. The report applauded EAA's focus on "waste reduction initiatives, use of renewable energy, lean (efficient) production processes, versatile production capabilities and rigorous quality systems."
EAA featured in BSR report "Recommendations for the Apparel Sector"
March 10, 2017
EAA's model was highlighted as a model to promote positive supplier relations through dialogue: "Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) is working to create a network of exceptional factories that deliver quality, cost-competitive products while empowering employees across Africa -- proving that ethical and cost-effective production are not mutually exclusive."
Brooklyn Industries features their partnership with Ethical Apparel Africa and KAD Manufacturing
July 22, 2016
Brooklyn Industries highlighted the successful partnership, emphasizing:
"providing regular, secure and fairly paid incomes for women is at the forefront of the project that Brooklyn has supported with its Africa range." Through their production, they have supported Linda Ampah's vision to give back to her workforce: "I seek to empower women at the fringes of society and have trained and employed dozens of homeless women"
EAA on the Ashoka Changemakers' blog
May 11, 2016
Ashoka profiled Ethical Apparel Africa's innovative model for change, emphasizing: "Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) is a social enterprise that’s taking the best of lean manufacturing principles and efficiencies and applying them not just to cut costs but to create sustainability and ethical employment...Brands are always looking for ways to save money, but increasingly they are looking to do that whilst investing in CSR activities and in 'doing the right thing'. EAA offers a trusted route to exploring a new continent while accomplishing both."
The Impact of Covid-19 on Suppliers and Workers in Africa Since May 2020
Partner Africa and & Wider worked with EAA and other global companies to monitor the impact of Covid on the ground for suppliers and workers in relation to human rights risk and impact.
This report outlines the findings from this research which included surveys with 7,425 workers and 297 managers and interviews with 31 key stakeholders
EAA, GIZ and key partners launch Ghana Apparel Trainning Centre
November 27th, 2020
Ethical Apparel Africa, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Gerber, Groz Beckert, Freudenberg and Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) launched the Ghana Apparel Training and Service Centre in Accra to boost Ghana's garment and manufacturing industry.
The Objective of the Center is to to strengthen export-oriented small and medium-sized apparel manufacturers to create 1,200 new jobs and train 500 individuals.
EAA's ability to Pivots Manufacturing Efforts To Produce PPE and Medical Apparel To Combat Virus commended by Uniform Market News
July 9th, 2020
EAA featured in Uniform Market News, one of the trade press targeting specifically uniform companies.
Uniform Market News is a service of Sellers Commerce LLCto providing news, information and opportunities to uniform manufacturers, dealers and distributors.
Jane Mosbacher Morris, CEO and Founder of TO THE MARKET explains her vision and approach as well as her specific efforts to fight the novel coronavirus thanks to EAA and their partner in Ghana
June 22nd, 2020
EAA is proud to be partnering with TO THE MARKET, an ethical fashion startup not only providing a turnkey solution for apparel, accessories, and home goods, but also using its network of syndicated suppliers to deliver personal protective equipment in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
EAA celebrated the Fashion Revolution online this year
April 27th, 2020
COVID-19 has upended the global economy and had a profound impact on apparel supply chains globally. In this context EAA believes it critical to keep up momentum and visibility around the importance of protecting workers' rights.
From April 20th – 26th 2020, EAA participated in celebrating Fashion Revolution week -- raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues and the importance of raising up the voices of the workers who make our clothes.
EAA at the DLA Piper Africa Week
December 5, 2019
The fifth Africa Week brought together global and regional businesses, financiers, investors, policy makers and thought leaders for an insightful and honest debate of the key issues shaping Africa and its prospects for growth.
Keren Pybus was one of speakers who shared insights about building sustainable partnerships in an emerging industry.
Out of Africa: The New Sourcing Hub
June 7, 2019
Drapers explores why more fashion retailers are tapping into Africa’s sourcing opportunities.
African countries are vying to become global sourcing hubs. Government investment in new textile sectors, along with their low costs and proximity to Europe, make these appealing. High-volume retailers that can make long-term investment in the local area will make the most of the continent’s sourcing opportunities
Baroness Sugg discusses how the fashion industry can be a force for good in women's economic empowerment.
May 6, 2019
EAA was recognised at the Fair Fashion in Africa event in London for their commitment to Women's Empowerment. In addition working with the UN Foundation's Women Deliver conference on gender equality and women's health, rights, and well-being.
EAA selected as a 'Company to Inspire Africa 2019' by the London Stock Exchange Group
January 16, 2019
The LSEG report celebrates "the leading private companies operating in Africa, which have the most inspiring stories and the strongest growth potential" to power African development. EAA was one of 360 companies honored out of 4000 applicants. The report was produced in partnership with the ADB, CDC, PwC and Asoko Insight.
EAA speaks at SICOT, international forum to catalyze investment in the West African cotton value chain
September 27, 2018
Ethical Apparel Africa Technical Director Paul Allen spoke regarding the importance of an integrated, sustainable cotton value chain for the growth of the apparel sector in the region.
EAA CEO Keynotes at SEDEX 2018 Conference
March 13, 2018
Keren Pybus delivered a keynote speech to the 600+ delegates attending SEDEX's 2018 conference. SEDEX described the speech as "an inspirational keynote discussing how impact has been achieved in the evolution of the apparel manufacturing industry in Africa." The keynote included video excerpts from EAA partner factory owner Linda Ampah.
EAA CEO speaks at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
November 9, 2017
Keren Pybus led a discussion of the EAA model and theory of change to a group of postgraduate students and industry professionals, as part of Cambridge's course in Sustainable Value Chains, "a globally influential Institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy." EAA has also collaborated with Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) Senior Researchers on innovation thought leadership delivering social and economic benefits in manufacturing.
EAA has joined the Social & Labor Convergence project
September 1, 2017
EAA is now a signatory and active contributor to the development of the Social and Labour Convergence project (SLCP). The SLCP is a 2-year project aiming to develop an industry-wide effective assessment framework: a tool and verification methodology for the collection of unified data on social and labor performance in apparel and footwear supply chains. This will enable the industry to reduce audit fatigue and redirect resources towards improving workers' lives.
EAA production for Jeanswest highlighted in Sydney Morning Herald
February 16, 2017
Jeanswest, one of Australia's leading lifestyle fashion brands, collaborated with EAA on a beautiful capsule collection influenced by local design. The Herald reports: "Jeanswest has no problems telling the world – and therefore its competitors – about EAA and their factory partners. Davies says she hopes more brands will make collections this way, with more transparency. And shout about it on their labels."
EAA's Paloma Pineda speaks on social entrepreneurship at Planet Textiles
May 11, 2016
The main-stage panel at Planet Textiles explored the role that social entrepreneurs can and are playing to nurture a future where prosperity is within reach for everyone in the fashion value chain. EAA's Co Founder spoke to the 300 person audience alongside two other members of Ashoka's Fabric of Change cohort.
Ethical Apparel Africa honored as a finalist in Ashoka's Fabric of Change Challenge
February 18, 2016
EAA was selected as a top-ten finalist out of more than 300 entries from 55 countries. The Challenge honored organizations that demonstrate innovation, impact, and sustainability in driving solutions forward at every step of the fashion value chain. EAA is proud to be part of the Fabric of Change cohort alongside other innovative businesses and nonprofits tackling different challenges, from environmental impact to working conditions to conscious consumerism.