One of my biggest concerns when I first started using Norwex is that some of the Norwex Products are made in China. As someone who tries her best to think global and act local, this worried me because as much as I loved the products, I didn’t want to support a company that was employing workers at unfair wages or providing unsafe working conditions.
I was pleased to find out that Norwex issues an annual global report, outlining everything going on in overseas factories each year. Complete and utter transparency… a company after my own heart! I was intrigued to find out a little more about the workers in China and how Norwex conducts global business.
In China, there is a degree option for a Ph.D. in textile engineering. When the original Norwex plant in Norway could not keep up with production, a new plant was opened in China due to the high level of expertise in textiles. Once the plant opened, the amount of microfiber in Norwex cloths went from 1.5 to 2.9 million meters of microfiber per cloth. Impressive!
According to the 2011 global report that focused on Norwex doing business with China:
- every staff member has access to healthcare and insurance.
- the working conditions are clean and tempered,
- there is a well-catered cafeteria (that everyone from the chairmen to factory workers eat in!),
- wages are paid consistently,
- maximum weekly hours are strictly regulated,
- and employees are guaranteed vacation and sick days every year.
Norwex is committed to the fight against corruption and seeks to provide an ethical, safe working environment for everyone.
The report also interviewed several Chinese employees of Norwex, several of which have relocated to the area and work for Norwex, alongside their spouse.
Norwex also has a Norwegian managing director living in China to oversee all practices and make sure fair trade rules are followed. The CEO, Debbie, also pops in on occasion to make sure everyone is happy.
Reading these reports from Norwex gives me peace of mind knowing I am buying from and working with a company that offers plenty of transparency and seeks to provide a safe, ethical product from the ground up. I hope this information gives you a little more peace of mind next time you see the “Made In China” tag on a Norwex microfiber cloth, and you’ll smile knowing you’re helping families across the globe make a living and enjoy a positive quality of life.
Norwex China Factory Employees, Fish & James
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