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Patagonia expands fair trade programme

Patagonia has expanded its fair trade programme from one factory and 11 styles in autumn 14 to six factories and 218 styles for autumn 16.

By autumn 17, the outdoor brand aims to manufacture 300 styles equating to a third of its products in factories certified by Fair Trade USA to help improve the lives of their workers.

The firm’s supply chain spans 75 factories and 100,000 workers across the globe.

The Fair Trade USA certification signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of fair trade products. Patagonia said it hopes to make it easier for other clothing companies to make fair trade products, as, once a factory receives accreditation, any other company that wants to make fair trade products in that factory just has to pay an additional premium.

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