ENVIROMENTAL & SOCIAL POLICY
We are an established SA 8000 certified manufacturer who is conforming to the highest standards of employee welfare & environmental policies.
One of DAC's greatest advantages is the extensive network of over 200 organic farmers with whom we currently work. DAC's primary supply of organic products comes directly from its farm projects across 10 states in India: Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttaranchal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Mizoram. Having such a broad and diverse supply chain ensures that DAC always provides its customers with the best quality products.
In all of its projects, DAC promotes organic agriculture through training and certification. We encourage the concept of 'zero-cost' farming by providing seeds to farmers and training them to use various bio-manures, bio-pesticides and composting methods. This platform relieves the farmers of the upfront cost of seeds and other inputs and also ensures a high-quality, certified organic product.
A unique aspect of DAC's work model is its focus on the economic development of the farmers with whom we work. By providing continuing education in organic farming methods and promoting sustainable technologies, we make a marked difference in the lives of Indian farmers. For example, techniques such as own farm input production by utilizing locally available herbs for fertility and pest management, promoting the farming of low water consumption crops and technique such as drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting, have allowed some of our farmers to harvest twice as many crops annually - a shift that has significantly improved the economic viability of these farms and the well-being of these farm families.
We look forward to expanding our projects throughout India to bring even more farmers into the organic ecosystem while bringing the best possible quality and variety of Indian agriculture to its customers.
Ethical Focus & Policy
DAC only works with the most ethically-centered producers and suppliers, adding to the chain of operators against unfair trade and environmental devastation.
We have state-of-the-art facilities, and conform to the highest regulations for effluent management and energy handling. Our facilities include wind turbines which produce the majority of power used, and a 4x effect water filtering system to refine their effluent and optimize handling.
All materials are chosen for green credentials; whether it be organically farmed cotton to prevent soil damage, hand-made khadi to eliminate the environmental impact of machine production, or peace silk to better the life of the Bombyxmori moth.
DAC adopts environmentally responsive practices such as bio-plastic packaging and organic material sourcing. We will continue to network and develop relations with like-minded operators in order to develop new strategies to advance international recognition & awareness of the people working to balance systems of exchange and consumption.
Industrial establishments are seen as the bane of Earth's natural resources. Whether by choice of material & process to enhance life-cycle prospects, or through legacy investment to maintain diverse and healthy ecosystems; we believe in replacing what we use and hence reducing our carbon footprint.
WIND ENERGY: (ENERGY EFFICIENCY)
Our manufacturers are among the leading producers in India conforming to the highest regulations for effluent management and energy handling. Facilities include wind turbines which meet the majority of power demand of the manufacturing process. Our suppliers have installed 5 windmills with a total of 3.75 MW capacity taking care of the entire power requirements of our factories. These 5 machines are the latest models from Neg-Micon of Denmark. By generating this green power, we are saving gallons of fuel and many metric tons of coal for the nation, with equivalent avoidance of harmful carbon emission into the biosphere.
POLLUTION CONTROL: (WASTE MANAGEMENT & WATER EFFICIENCY)
Our manufacturers employ a 4x effect water filtering system to refine their effluent and optimize handling and hence are very effective in water waste management and reduction of water pollution. With emphasis on eco-friendliness, we have a modern Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), Zero Discharge Waste Water Recovery Plant (ZDWWRP) and Reverse Osmosis Technology (ROT) that ensures no harm to the environment. We recycle water and maintain the perfect combination of dyestuffs so as to conform with Oeko-Tex Standards.
Progressive Sustainable Practice
Continuing to network and develop relations with like-minded operators is essential in developing strategies to advance recognition and awareness of sustainable processes; we work to boost correspondence with producers, suppliers, and the workers who harvest & maintain crops. In developing relationships with suppliers, we develop a way to achieve great results, using effective and ethical processes.
OUR COMPANY MEETS HIGH LABOUR STANDARDS
Nominal working hours
Nominal living wages
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Use of contract labour
Against Child labour and forced labour
Against discrimination and harassment
FAIR TRADE & SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD
As manufacturers, we are involved in employee support schemes for housing, facilities, education and healthcare.
Employee development from seminars and training days is a core function, bringing SA8000 certification. Community support schemes, such as running a school for employees’ children and coordinating a fire fighting service for the local area are also concerns of the company.
Further to this they provide schemes for worker satisfaction; internally with grievance services, and by organizing sporting & other events.
Our company adds value through production processes to worker communities and to the environment.
Schemes for worker engagement with decision making
Programmes of worker training and capacity building. Programmes of support for local communities including housing, facilities, education and healthcare.
Not for profit initiatives or schemes with a portion of profits dedicated to adding value in social and environmental terms.
Working to fair trade criteria as defined by WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) and FLO.
Supporting the development of local value chains, which strengthen local and national economies
Building on traditional and cultural skills. Supporting and creating opportunities for vulnerable groups.
Everyone benefits from working with DAC
As a stipulation, we use producers with excellent social credentials who support their workers with job security, worker rights and community services.
Safe working conditions
Without toxic chemicals, and with safety assessment procedure in place; farmers are free from exposure to life-threatening working conditions.
Reasonable hours and pay
With wages reviewed in accordance with living costs, and the monitoring of working hours; farm workers are free to live their lives.
Long term fertility
By using only the most natural processes to grow crops and working to eliminate soil-degradation; our cotton production preserves earth's most precious of resources.
Bio-diversity and balance
Selecting plant species for the region they’re grown in, promoting mutual plant-insect relationships and not tampering with their natural rate of development means that nature can do what it does best and restore balance .
Pollution & emissions reduced
Reduced use of farming machines, toxic fertilizers and pesticides means that environmental impact is minimal. Soil, water and air vitality are essential to all healthy ecosystems.
Dynamic and sustainable trade
Working to the guidelines of organic production, traders can fuel a robust and balanced global exchange system. Resources are geared for stability and continuity, while the immeasurable global value of ethical practice drives custom and support.
Under the banner of certified organic status; transparency and ethical virtues affirm brand integrity. The presence of consistent inspection and assessment in a brand ethos provides assurance of un-compromised quality and reliability.
Certified to address the global market, all products meet the needs of an international audience. Recognized trading standards are the means by which we can unify the base values of industry worldwide.
With assured ethical conduct in the production of goods, buyers can be clear that no level of exploitation is supported by their purchase. A purchase which supports good ethical conduct inhibits the perpetuation of environmentally and socially compromising trade.
Trust and confidence are key components to be a positive purchase, and with these, a sense of contribution is what customers can feel every time they wear their new garments. Customers are the supporting element which bind industry to do what is right for workers and the environment.
For safety and wellbeing, organic products are the best choice in clothing. Clean and naturally healthy fabrics can be worn in comfort, safe in the knowledge that no harmful residual chemicals are permeating the skin or the ecosystem.