Fox & Robin is an ethical activewear brand that creates top quality products for all levels of activity, whether you're doing high intensity training or, well...not. As a Benefit Corporation, we are committed to conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner.
How We Are Different
We are the only activewear brand to disclose our factory workers' wages. More specifically, we disclose the absolute lowest wages earned by our workers at each of our factories. All wages are then indexed against livable wages for that specific factory’s region of the world. Our goal is to ensure 100% of our factory workers are paid a livable wage.
This is especially important considering that roughly 2 percent of workers in the global garment supply chain receive a living wage that meets their basic needs.
Subcontracting & Transparency
Most humanitarian crises in the fashion industry—including factory collapses, worker abuse and extremely low pay—occur because of rampant subcontracting. When brands impose tight deadlines and demand unrealistically low prices for clothes, brands' partner factories are often forced to outsource portions of their orders to unknown, subcontracted factories. With subcontracting, brands are able to produce their clothes quickly and at a very low cost, but they don't know where many of them were made.
How do brands know if their working conditions are safe if they don’t even know which factories to assess? How do they know if workers are compensated fairly if they don’t actually know who their workers are?
At Fox & Robin, we don’t believe ignorance is bliss. We promise to always know where all of our clothes are being made, not just a portion of them. We promise to be completely transparent with our consumers and stakeholders as we continually work to improve our workers' conditions and compensation.
To help verify information provided by factories, we work with third party auditors. See below for our audit report.
Room for Improvement
Two of our factories (one cut-and-sew and one accessory supplier) do not pay what we deem to be a livable wage to all employees. Additionally, the average workweek of our factory workers is 55-60 hours with one day off. As a small brand, we do not have a lot of leverage with these factories because we are one of many clients for them. As we grow and gain more leverage, we are committed to pushing our factories to continually improve workers' compensation and workplace conditions.
We also plan to audit more aspects of our supply chain, namely our fabric suppliers. Currently, we have only audited our cut-and-sew factory. In the next year, we promise to start auditing our fabric suppliers as well.
We use too many synthetic materials (e.g. polyester, nylon, etc.) that are bad for the environment. This is typical of most activewear, but we are constantly searching for more environmentally friendly fabrics while still maintaining a high quality of product. One positive step we have made is shipping our goods in biodegradable packaging. Additionally, our environmental impact is further mitigated by our "slow fashion" model and focus on timeless products. We are still working on quantifying our environmental impact (both good and bad) - stay tuned for more to come on this front!
We Donate 2% of Sales
We donate 2% of sales to causes we are particularly passionate about: education and the environment.
In increments of $1,000, we will give money directly to individual teachers in low-income districts. Awarded teachers will be able to choose how to spend the money, whether that's on school supplies, winter coats for their students, or whatever else is deemed most necessary. Nearly all public school teachers (94%) have spent their own money on school supplies without getting reimbursed, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
We give money to a rotating list of environmental NGOs to help replace the resources we have spent and to help preserve the environment (e.g. National Parks and organizations focused on preserving endangered species and biodiversity).
Certified B Corp (Pending)
We are incorporated as a Benefit Corporation in the state of Delaware and are a pending Certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation vs. Certified B Corp). Once we have been in operation for one full year, we hope to achieve full Certified B Corp status.
Certified B Corps are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Returns & Contact Info
We offer free returns. For return instructions and all other inquiries, please email us.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in learning more about the social and environmental issues that plague the fashion industry, we recommend the following documentaries / videos: