At Denimology, we always love to know all about what’s happening “behind the scenes” in the denim manufacturing companies. Nowadays it is important for all of us consumers to be aware of what’s going on in terms of sustainability and transparency.
And we are especially keeping our eyes open when it comes to how the companies treat their workers.
So when we heard about Pacific Jeans partnering with the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) to provide free eye-care for their workers, we gave them thumbs up and definitely wanted to share all about this here.
We’re hoping that this will be an incentive for other companies as well. Taking care of the people who work for you should be like taking care of your own family.
Read on to know more about this:
“Pacific Jeans*, Bangladesh’s pioneering premium jeans manufacturer and leading exporter, has partnered with Australia-based non-profit public health organisation, Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF), to implement FHF’s ongoing project titled “Empowering Garment Workers through Uptake of Eye Care Services.
The initiative aims at creating a sustainable solution for eye problems among 26,000 workers of the group’s four factories.
Pacific Jeans Director Syed M. Tanvir and Fred Hollows Foundation Country Manager, Dr. Zareen Khair, signed an agreement at a brief ceremony held at the auditorium of NHT Fashions Ltd. this week.
Under the project, vision detection booths have already been installed in the factories so that workers can self-screen for visual impairment and be referred to the factories’ respective medical centers. These facilities have been equipped and renovated for basic eye care, according to FHF Project Officer, Nafiz Mahmood Ayon, adding that 80 female coordinators and 16 medical staff have been trained for this purpose.
Patients with diagnosed refractive issues will be provided with free spectacles through a cost-sharing mechanism between the two signers. Cataract surgeries, if necessary, will also be conducted free of cost.
Tanvir assured that they will stay committed to the two-year project and continue it later on.”