GOEX is fully owned by The Global Orphan Project, a nonprofit that began investing in the lives of vulnerable children in 2004. Here is one of the most important truths we have learned: The best form of orphan care is orphan prevention, and the best form of orphan prevention is a strong job. This is what makes us not your ordinary apparel company. We exist solely to improve the lives of the workers & communities we touch. We are completely transparent with our pricing model. After costs to produce premium apparel and provide living wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan Project.
We believe in the ability to change the course of lives through a simple decision like which blank tee you select or which screen print shop you support. Perhaps most importantly, your partnership sets an example in the marketplace that a slight tweak in how we do commerce, replicated by others, can affect systemic bottom-up change through the dignity of work.
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We are proud to say GOEX is one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening! The FTF evaluates businesses against a “360° fair trade” standard- making sure its members are committed to being fair and responsible in everything they do- socially, economically and environmentally.
These are not just any jobs
Even with a recently increased legal minimum wage in Haiti, most workers in the apparel sector struggle to make ends meet. We choose to pay our workers more. Daily wages at Life S.A. are 65% higher than the sector minimum and our employees have the ability to earn 140%+ of minimum based on production.
Other workers in the apparel industry in Haiti work six days per week for a minimum wage that barely covers their daily expenses. It is our goal to disrupt that thought process and prove a company can charge more and pay more, therefore elevating the lives of their employees allowing them to care for their families and build a better future.
In Kansas City, we partner with the Full Employment Council to provide internships for disadvantaged young adults in the urban core and then connect qualified candidates with job opportunities within our network or hire them ourselves if we have openings.