We Love Gifts. It’s important to be enthusiastic about what you do... Since 1995 we have been passionate about bringing the best in wholesale gifts to our customers, both in the Europe and across the world.
At AW we don't take trading ethics lightly, and have always (for over twenty years) put considerable effort and thought into how we can trade more ethically.
Apart from China we import from India, Indonesia, Nepal and Morocco. And every market has difficult and different issues that need carefully addressing. And we do care about these things.
In the case of China it is really important to distinguish between the good hard working people of China and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) . The CCP is the organisation that runs China and is really responsible for all the human rights abuses listed above. It has to be noted even within the CCP there are good and bad influences, and the improvements in China (millions lifted from poverty, amazing health system etc) are down to the good people. Since there is no democracy, the people are not able to vote to change the bad people in governments - like in the west. So. I would argue it is incredibly unfair to hold ordinary people responsible.
Fair trading with family businesses.
At AW we deal almost exclusively with small family businesses, we check that they are decent people, that staff and contractors are treated fairly and have good working conditions. We ensure that no prison labour is used in any of the supply chain, and of course no child labour. In the future we may also ask if company owners are members of the CCP.