FAIR PAYMENT AND GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS ARE A MATTER FOR JAN KATH
only when parents earn enough to secure a livelihood for their families, can they afford to send their children to school instead of letting them work
Fair wages and good working conditions go without saying for Jan Kath. Together with the label STEP, Jan Kath is committed to observing strict social and ecological standards in his carpet workshops.
The non-governmental organization STEP was founded by notable aid organizations such as Brot für die Welt, Caritas, and Swissaid and is active in all the major carpet-producing countries. Its independent inspectors regularly monitor working conditions in the workshops. STEP and Jan Kath do not tolerate any improper child labor.
With its strict controls, fair trade not only prevents child labor, but also fights its root causes and creates prospects with good working conditions and fair wages.
Because it is only when the workers earn enough to provide a secure livelihood for their families that they are able to afford to send their children to school instead of work. Kath lived and worked in Nepal and Mongolia for a number of years. He feels a close bond with the people there and visits the workshops on a monthly basis.
While the appeal of imperfection, erosion, and transformation all play a key role in his creations, Kath is nonetheless “uncompromisingly conservative” in terms of quality.
Accordingly, only high-quality raw materials are used, including hand-carded, hand-spun wool from the Tibetan highlands, Chinese silk, and nettle fibers, which are dyed using natural and tested quality dyes from Switzerland.
Promoting environmentally sound production Methods