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We’re Hiring…

December 6, 2010

We have a fantastic job opportunity available for a Customer Service Representative.  If you’re a master of multi-tasking, have customer service experience and like working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment – this job is for you.  Oh, and a passion for all things sustainable helps.

View the full job description HERE and get your application in soon (deadline is December 30th).

Intern Insights: Part 6

September 7, 2010

Wow, the summer flew by! This fact became clear when our summer intern Emily wrapped up her time with us last week. We already miss her. She was truly fantastic.

Thankfully a few days before she left Emily started a Twitter account (@emily_wan) so we can all keep updated on what she’s up to. Emily also promised to drop by for future Salad Club and Fun Friday events. (See you soon Emily!)

In this entry Emily the Intern provides her final insight.

Emily the Intern

A Slice of Fairware: Promoting Change

Contrary to my previous posts, my actual work at Fairware involves more than blogging about cool stuff and productivity tools on the internet. (Although the presentation video below was made with a very cool tool called Prezi)

One of my key projects involved an in-depth analysis into Fairware’s business position to facilitate decision-making. To change up the pace of Intern Insights this week, we present an inside scoop and a slice into the business of Fairware. Click on the image below to view a short presentation.

Shanghai’d – Day 4 New Sewing Factory

January 7, 2010

Suggestion box for worker complaints

Day 4 found me at a new bag sewing facility we plan on working with near Shanghai. It’s run by Jorden Rosenberg, a Canadian guy (from Forest Hill Collegiate, like a # of the guys I seem to be meeting here) and it was great to see the Chinese and Canadian flags flying high at the entrance of his facility. I planned my trip to both check out his products and facility and meet the auditor from Openview, who we had arranged to audit the facility.

Jordan runs a great factory and difference between this facility and the one at Huaitai was immediately noticeable. The scale of the operation is much larger but the sophistication of their production processes was of a different standard. In addition to the bag workshop Jordan also runs Motherwear, a women’s maternity wear online retailer (check it out for fabulous bamboo and other products) and manages production for that line in his facility.

The facility was well laid out, with clear signage vis a vis fire safety and first aid. The attention to detail on the quality control front was impressive and they were working for major brands from all over North America and Europe. (more…)

Shanghai’d Day 3 – Fabrication/Sewing Factory

January 5, 2010

Sewer at bag factory

Spent Monday at our main bag factory – the drive out took over an hour and a half through  clusters of factories and fields. We’ve worked with this factory for over a year and have been impressed with their quality. It was so great to spend the day with Tony, the factory manager, after so much time spend on emails. We started an audit process a year ago to start gauging their social compliance  to ensure they meet our standards, and those of a key client.

In our morning meeting we talked about the process to date -we’re the first customer that had requested this kind of audit from them. While they’d been through ISO9000 audits by firms like SGS they’d never been through a process focused on human rights, worker health and safety, and environmental standards. In partnership with our client, we having been working with the external auditing firm  Openview from Hong Kong. (more…)

Shanghai’d Day 1

January 2, 2010

Photo by Jakob Montrasio

Arrived last night in the hazy, warm early evening vowing to not go straight to bed  (which my body was telling me to do after a 10 hour flight and 15 hour time change). I was last in Shanghai in 1999 and my has it changed. Apparently it now homes 20+ million people, 1+ million of those are ex-pats and it has grown skyward at a dizzying rate.

I’m here on a rather whirlwind tour visiting 3 factories we work with manufacturing tote bags. I’m here to meet factory management and  work with them on the status of corrective action plans coming from a series of social compliance audits we did earlier this year. And schedule permitting, I’ll be adding updates, photos and videos of the week as I go.

While I was immediately hit with the modern cosmo flair of the city at dinner & drinks last night – it was a rude reminder of where I am when I realized I can’t log into Facebook, Twitter, etc. – it seems that last summer in advance of Tianamen Square anniversary, most social media access was blocked by the Chinese goverment (will see if this post loads, WordPress is on that list).


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