Product Production Standards

In order to fulfill one of the key components of our social mission, we have set a strict set of production standards for the products that we sell: All of our products must be made by workers that are paid a Fair Wage, in Proper Working Conditions & in the Absence of Child Labor! The following clearly describes how we define each of these pillars.
 

The definition of Fair Wage that Pangea Exchange uses is: a wage that is regularly and formally paid, high enough to ensure a minimum acceptable living standard (location-specific), and is within all national wage regulations (such as; the minimum wage, payment of wages, overtime payments, provision of paid holidays and social insurance payments).

Sources: The Society for Human Resource Management (read more) & The Fair Wage Network (read more)

 

The definition of Proper Working Conditions that Pangea Exchange uses is: fair, legal and non-excessive physical conditions, physical demands, mental demands and working time (hours of work, rest/break periods, and work schedules) within the workplace.

Pangea Exchange also includes the following in our definition of Proper Working Conditions; having appropriate safety precautions, ensuring that all machinery is serviced in accordance with the guidelines of the manufacturer, compliance with all applicable fire code(s), compliance with overcrowding regulations, compliance with all applicable building code(s) and appropriate storage and supervision of potentially hazardous materials and machinery.

Source: The International Labour Organization (read more)

 

The definition of Child Labor that Pangea Exchange uses is: work that in any way deprives children of their critical milestones, their potential and/or their dignity, or is harmful to physical, personal or mental development. Additionally, work that is conducted by minors must not negatively affect their health or interfere with their schooling.

Source: The International Labour Organization (read more)

For clarity: Minors are allowed to contribute to the production of the jewelry that we sell. However, minors are not allowed to participate in any production that violates our definition of child labor.

 

To ensure that the products we list are truly responsibly made, we require the founder or a senior leader of each artisan group to provide us with a letter that speaks to their organizations commitment to the above. Furthermore, we ask that the letter elaborates on the groups intended long-term commitment to ethical and responsible fashion.

 

If you have any feedback, questions, or comments regarding Pangea Exchange’s Product Production Standards, or our verification process, please feel free to reach out, and WE WILL get back to you ASAP!