Our core mission is to show that a 100 % responsible business practice is the only way to do business with integrity.
We believe that the origin of a product, along with its social and environmental impact, is as important as its aesthetic. Transparency and accountability is key to back this up, and we work with the most reputable standards in apparel that define environmental and social compliance criteria across the supply chain.
Numerous sustainability standards have been set forth in recent years to address the major issues of global production and working practices within the fashion industry. Some standards are defined by their strict regulations. Others are focused on eliminating the worst practices to encourage a large portion of an industry to work incrementally towards better practices.
At AIAYU we seek producers who are certified in sustainability. By complying with these standards and certification initiatives, they demonstrate to us their credibility and commitment towards improving their impact on the environment.
All our AIAYU cotton products are GOTS-certified. Our llama, yak and cashmere wool derive from all-natural fibres. For example, the llama fibre is naturally organic, since the llamas feed directly from grass that is not exposed to synthetic hormones or pesticides.
We make it a priority to partner with manufacturers who commit to the highest standards. That’s why our partners are either SA8000 or WRAP-certified to ensure ethical manufacturing in terms of working conditions. From our perspective, the SA8000, WRAP and GOTS certifications not only set high standards for the industry worldwide. Their positive impact has shown tangible social, environmental and economic results.
GOTS is a standard that covers the entire supply chain, from fiber to finished product. It is based upon respect for people and planet. GOTS-certified cotton guarantees that the raw material is grown organically, and that the production is processed organically and socially responsibly. All AIAYU cotton products are 100% organic, and fully GOTS-certified.
SA8000 is a certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace. This is very central to the ethics of AIAYU and ensures that the artisans’ working conditions live up to our own ethical standards. AIAYU cotton products are manufactured in an SA8000 compliant factory.
WRAP is a certification program with 12 principles that is mainly focused on the apparel and footwear industry. The objective is to monitor and certify compliance with the principles to ensure that manufactured products are produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. AIAYU’s production facility in Bolivia is WRAP-certified.
AIAYU is a member of the Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that provides companies with a framework of principles to incorporate. AIAYU communicates on an annual basis about progress in implementing the principles, which is available to the public and is our visible expression of commitment to sustainability.