Why We’re Different

We’re different from other apparel brands for lots of reasons—unique enough that the New York Times wrote a story about our efforts and their impact on Alta Gracia workers’ lives.

Alta Gracia worked with the Workers’ Rights Consortium (WRC) to develop a robust code of labor standards. The WRC is an independent labor rights watchdog that accepts no money from us or from any other company. The WRC has long been one of the toughest critics of labor practices in the apparel industry.

The key pillars of Alta Gracia's labor code:

  • We pay a living wage to every worker– more than three times the standard industry wage and enough to make sure that workers can feed, clothe, house and educate their families.
  • We respect the rights of the people who make our clothing, as workers and as human beings: including the right to a safe and healthy workplace, the right to be treated with dignity and respect on the job, and the right to form a union.
  • We invited the WRC to verify compliance with these standards through intensive on-the-ground monitoring of our factory in the Dominican Republic.

Every Alta Gracia product carries a tag from the WRC confirming that the product was sewn at a factory that respects workers’ rights. The WRC only allows us to use this tag as long as we are in compliance with our labor standards. So when you see the WRC tag on an Alta Gracia t-shirt or sweatshirt, you can be sure it was sewn by workers who are paid a living wage, have a union to represent them, and are treated fairly when they come to work.

Alta Gracia is the only clothing brand anywhere in the developing world that has achieved these standards.

Find out more about the labor standards, the verification process and the WRC.