The Hand that Builds the Product
Posted: Aug 27 2011
Most of the time, when we go to purchase clothing, our main concern is more “does this shirt make my chest look hot?” rather than “who made this shirt, and how does my purchase of this shirt effect them?”. Shoppers do not realize that many large clothing manufacturers employ low-cost laborers that are often abused by their employers.* When one purchases shoes with the Nike swoosh on them, are they thinking about the laborers who assembled them, or are they only concerned with how cool the shoe looks? Our guess would be the latter.
Built For Man cares for the people, or ‘hands’ that produce our products. We are more than willing to pay a living wage to the people that knit and sew our garments. BFM Founder Francisco Hernandez is familiar with the Peruvians that knit BFM's accessory line, and cares for their well-being. He travels to Peru on a regular basis to visit with the workers and insure that they are working under humane conditions, a task that most company principals rarely perform.
The real cost of a product can be broken down to more than just manufacturing rates and profit margins. Many times, the smaller the price tag, the more the human suffering. Low revenues prevent a company from paying their workers a living wage, and consumers often forget that fact while shopping. However, one must decide if they would rather purchase something cheap, but at high human costs, or something a bit more expensive that contributes to the well-being of communities around the world.