BONIKKA® SHARE THE LOVE™
Caring for Underprivileged Girls Project
Because family means so much to us, our hearts go out to those who have no family of their own, and particularly to children who have been orphaned and might not receive the same kind of love and nurturing the rest of us perhaps take for granted.
It was with this in mind, that we established an alliance with Viharamahadevi Centre for Child Development Centre, an orphanage located in close proximity to our main factory in Biyagama, Sri Lanka. The facility is a non-profit organization serving the needs of girls between 05 and 18 years of age in providing food, housing and clothing for the girls under their care.
With each Bonikka purchase made, a portion of the sale is donated to subsidize the living expenses of the girls housed at this facility.
All our products are made in a well managed factory in Sri Lanka
- No child or forced labour.
- Each employee is a part of the company family and treated as such.
- Employee assent is seen as a rise in the strength of the organisation.
- The development of individual skills is encouraged.
- A culture of leading by example is cultivated.
- Reasonable working hours are maintained.
- Sustaining a humane working environment is seen as imperative (see also safety notes).
- Discrimination of any form is strictly prohibited.
- Fire systems, equipment and alarms are regularly maintained.
- Timely drills are carried out for emergency evacuations.
- Electrical equipment and wiring are under strict compliance with government/Ceylon Electricity Board regulations.
- Entrances and pathways are kept clutter-free.
- Proper lighting, air circulation and workspace maintenance are ensured to create a comfortable work environment.
Pay and Welfare
- Strict adherence to state/BOI standards and compliances, often surpassing government sanctioned regulations.
- Wages are above the government stipulated minimum.
- Both breakfast and lunch are provided.
- Dining rooms, changing rooms and sanitary facilities are well-maintained.
- Drinking water is available at all times.
- A stress-free and enjoyable work atmosphere is encouraged.
- First-aid facilities are provided, along with sick rooms and in-house nursing.
- Does not engage in in-house fabric dyeing so toxic washouts are not an issue.
- Wastewater, garbage disposal and water quality are maintained in strict accordance with government standards.
- The Environmental Protection License (EPL) is an annually renewable licence awarded by the BOI to companies that adhere to certain standards in several respects, including:
- Noise levels in machinery and other equipment
- Health and safety equipment checkups
- Solid and liquid waste disposal
- Drinking water report in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO)
- Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) is a non-profit organisation for businesses engaged in continuous improvement of the ethical and responsible practices of their supply chains.
- Garments without Guilt is as initative of The Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters association recognising, respecting and protecting the rights of labourers in the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry. GWG certification is based on ethical working conditions and an environment free from child labour, forced labour, sweatshop practices or discrimination on any grounds.
- OMEGA Compliance Limited is a specialist auditing and inspection company offering a full spectrum of social and ethical compliance, supply chain security and quality inspection services. OMEGA’ s core compliance checks can be divided into the following categories:
- Supply Chain Security (C-TPAT)
- Social Compliance
- Quality Assurance Inspections
- Factory Technical Audits
- Information Management
We deliberately keep our packaging down to a minimum. All our products simply come in a protective bag with no further packaging.
We try to reuse all our packing boxes wherever practical. Where this is not possible, our standard delivery boxes are 100% recyclable. Any old boxes which are no longer usable are sent for recycling.
We try to plan and manage our stock so that we have as few shipments as possible and always use sea freight. All shipments are docked at Southampton, which is approximately 20 miles from our office, ensuring that the road transport impact is kept to an absolute minimum.