In Haiti, Making Social Sustainability Essential to Apparel Factory Life


Threads 4 Thought, Boxercraft, Arcade Fire and OSP Group are just a few of the customers placing production with Industrial Revolution II (IRII), and if you asked them why they chose the Port-au-Prince, Haiti-based apparel factory, they'd surely point to its high quality knit tops and bottoms, competitive pricing and proximity to North American markets, but there's another reason these companies are drawn to IRII: because of its social mission.

IRII was born in part out of frustration with the failure of traditional aid programs to deliver relief following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, says co-founder and CEO Rob Broggi, but the seeds of it had been planted five years previously, when CEO of Diesel Canada Joey Adler (EMBA'14) ― already working in Haiti with the non-profit organization ONEXONE — was traveling in Africa and realized that philanthropy alone was not sustainable as a means of moving the continent forward.

Read full article: Apparel, May 12, 2014