Garments and Linens

From the practices involved with growing raw materials, such as cotton, to the production factory, to shipping the final product to our stores, there are many crucial considerations to make when choosing clothing suppliers.

Key considerations that should be made for clothing purchasing include:

  • Compliance with local law;
  • Employment standards throughout the supply chain: no forced or child labour, occupational health and safety standard, working hours and wages which meet legally mandated and industry standard, workplace free from harassment, abuse and discrimination, and freedom of association and right to bargain collectively;
  • Active work to improve and environmental and social conditions in local communities;
  • Written environmental sustainability policy, plan and program which address energy, waste, emissions, water, and local economic and community development;
  • Organic practices or minimized use of pesticides in the production of raw materials;
  • Shortened and transparent supply chain;
  • Locally produced, where possible;
  • Durable, long lasting clothing;
  • Made with recycled materials.

Student societies are encouraged to consult the Sustainable Procurement for Student Societies Guide [PDF - 1.2 MB] for more information on sustainable procurement of textiles.

Dalhousie is a member of theĀ Fair Labor Association. Ongoing research and program modifications are being undertaken to guide strategies for University textiles purchases.