accountABLE is a social impact measurement platform designed to give the customer (that’s you) a transparent look at all the good and bad at factories, so you can make informed decisions on the brands you support. accountABLE has a focus on worker rights and safety, with a particular emphasis on women in the workplace.
As part of this journey we have invested in deeper
relationships with our manufacturers.
...That’s called putting your money where your mouth is.
Protecting employees requires thoroughly verified conclusions
At every step of the process, multiple levels of verification are recorded to ensure we understand the full scope of impact in each area. Documents ranging from anonymous employee surveys, bank statements, receipts, employee handbooks to safety reports are collected and examined by third-party, trained auditors, making it easy for us to be completely confident in the results of each assessment.
Manufacturers are audited on the below content:
- Employer currently employs women, who are equally represented in leadership and given the same opportunity for promotion as men
- The company states in their mission or vision a specific intent to employ and empower women
- Employer is an equal opportunity employer and may not discriminate based on any personal attributes
- Employer actively hires from vulnerable communities (e.g. HIV/AIDS, refugee, homeless, etc), and employees from vulnerable communities are paid the same wages and non-vulnerable employees doing the same work
- Employer has a handbook with clearly defined legal rights and company policies, and all workers have had formal safety training
- Employer offers full-time work and has more full-time female workers than part-time female workers
- Employer cultivates a working environment where employees feel safe from sexual, emotional or physical harassment and all workers feel safe from injury
- Employees are free from forced labor / modern day slavery: they are not coerced to work through the use of violence, intimidation, or more subtle means such as manipulated debt or retention of identity papers
- Employees can leave work for emergencies without fear of losing their jobs
- Employers offer a safe way for employees to report a crime or incident
- Employees are paid a livable wage, determined per geographic area as the amount needed to afford safe housing, healthy food, medical and transport expenses
- Employer offers a multitude of benefits, including but not limited to: maternity leave, professional training, sick/annual leave, financial literacy programs, medical allowance, phone or transportation allowance
- Employees have a dual-signature, written employment contract and receive pay in a timely manner without any unclear withholdings
- Employer has reasonable restrictions regarding overtime for full-time employees and non-vulnerable employees doing the same work
- Office is accessible by public transportation and a majority of employees (full-time) have under 1 hour commute