Starting in June, we’ll be donating 5% of all profits to the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). In time, I hope we can increase it.
There are so many inspiring and worthwhile causes to donate your time and money to, and selecting the official charity for Rose Mortem was a difficult decision. My reasons for choosing the ICMEC in particular comes from my experiences as a mother, and as someone who has worked closely with the textile and garment making industry for many years.
When we chose to source fabrics only from companies who were complying with child labor laws and fair trade practices, we discovered just how ambivalent and dismissive many companies are on these issues. It was as though the fabric stores in the United States simply assumed that because they were able to buy the fabric from their suppliers at all, those suppliers must be meeting the humanitarian standards of the US. This just is not the case. One sales rep at a major fabric supplier in the US actually responded to our inquiry with the question, “What is fair trade?” They literally did not know that the fabrics they were purchasing from countries like India and China were at a very high risk of being produced by unethical manufacturers utilizing child labor.
Fair trade is about more than paying a fair price for a product. It’s about how the person making that product is treated. There is a direct connection between worker’s rights, and ending child labor.
So, how does child labor relate to missing and exploited children?
The ICMEC works to protect children from the worst kind of child labor: human trafficking. My attention to child labor issues in general is what drew me further in to learning about the horrors of human trafficking, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to do something to help. And because Rose Mortem is truly an international company with clients all over the world, I wanted to make sure we supported a cause that all of our clients could be a part of.
RoseMortem.com isn’t a corporate giant. We’re a niche boutique fashion label. We don’t have grandiose aspirations of selling thousands and thousands of garments to major retailers. That’s not what we’re about. But, that doesn’t mean our contribution will be meaningless. After all…you’re reading this, and what might you be inspired to do?
We’re calling our charitable initiative “One Love” in honor of U2′s “One.” As Bono wrote,
You’ve got to do what you should.
ICMEC website: http://www.icmec.org