Socially sustainable, fair, transparent
The social sustainability of our work comes as naturally to us as ecological responsibility and consistency. At Pitupi, work has a tangible value that we appreciate deeply. In the clothing industry this way of thinking is, unfortunately, still far from being a standard. For us it is all the more important to meet our employees with respect and appreciation. What does this mean? We’re committed to fair wages, good working conditions, complete abstinence from harmful substances and absolute transparency. These are the driving forces in all of our partnerships and collaborations. We place great emphasis on making each process absolutely transparent – so that not only we, but also our customers, can always understand the way our clothing was made. In our section ‘The people behind the clothes’ you can find out who does what for Pitupi – from the first seam to final delivery.
In addition you can find a detailed list of costs of the single components of our garments plus where production materials come from besides each product in the shop. That’s pretty neat, don’t you think?
Our production in Albania
Our production base is close to Lezha in northern Albania in a village called Krajn. We work exclusively with women. This is because we think that they can act as potential change-makers for the the communities they live in.
From the beginning, we wanted to include disadvantaged women in our production process, and that’s why we decided to partner with the local parish. The parish has many years of experience in supporting the communities around Lezha and has set up special activities in helping women affected by domestic violence, or other intense hardships. Creating long term projects that enable these women to become financially independent is a challenge for all non-profit organizations. With Pitupi’s business concept, we have the opportunity to organize work in a way that creates a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Our medium term goals in regard to the women include not only offering employment as seamstresses, but to go beyond that. Our objective is to hand over the management of the workshop entirely to the women in five to six years. Of course, this requires intensive preparation and lots of training. Apart from our economic activity our social measures are the second pillar of Pitupi. We are very happy that we are currently financially supported in this endeavour by Caritas Italy.
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