Rowlinson knitwear recognised for transforming the lives of its overseas workers

Mar 24, 2020 | News, Uncategorized

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

An independent survey by social impact company 60 Decibels has revealed Rowlinson Knitwear’s positive impact on workers’ health and wellbeing, economic status, workplace safety, worker satisfaction and quality of life.

Commissioned by the UK Department for International Development and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), 60 Decibels conducted telephone interviews with workers at New Horizon Bangladesh, the largest supplier to employee owned Rowlinson. The results confirm the positive impact of the school wear manufacturer’s ethical practices on workers’ health and wellbeing, economic status, workplace safety, worker satisfaction and quality of life.

Ken Edgar, Overseas Director at Rowlinson, commented: “We’re really proud that our ethical approach is helping to make life better for the skilled people who make our garments. We want all workers in our supply chain to be safe, well paid and healthy, because it’s right to demonstrate care for customers, colleagues, suppliers and factory workers alike. Being kind and doing good is in our DNA, as we strive to shape a more caring and environmentally-conscious economy for everyone.”

Rowlinson Knitwear Impact Survey Results:

Water Filter Initiative: Rowlinson has gifted over 730 large domestic water filters safeguarding the health of workers, their families and friends who might otherwise be at risk from drinking contaminated water. As a result, sickness is 47% lower, workers spend 46% less on medical costs and absenteeism is 39% lower. An ongoing initiative, qualifying employees also receive an annual replacement water filter kit to maintain their health and wellbeing.

 A Safe Workplace: Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a recognised gauge of satisfaction and loyalty, with a score above 50 considered excellent. The NPS among all workers at New Horizon is 58. The NPS among female workers at New Horizon is an outstanding 81. By contrast, 10% of female garment factory workers in Bangladesh are subjected to sexual harassment, molestation and assault in the workplace*

 Quality of Life: 90% of workers say working at New Horizon has improved or much improved their quality of life. They attribute this to better health, feeling safe, being paid more, being supported in the workplace, and not having to work overtime.

Rowlinson Knitwear achieved certification to The Planet Mark in 2018 and in doing so committed to reducing its carbon footprint, engaging its employees and communicating its results. 

The Planet Mark, founded in 2013 with the iconic Eden Project is a sustainability certification which recognises continuous improvements, encourages action, and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals.