- The 1956 United Nations Convention on the Abolition of Slavery concerning the exploitation of child labour
- The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 and the Factories Act 1948
- As well as any other applicable legislation relating to the employment of children enforced in their own country.
We furthermore have an agreement with the RUGMARK Foundation – a private, non-profit organisation which ensures that each rug bearing its label has been woven without the use of child labour. A portion of the purchase price of all RUGMARK carpets goes towards the education, rehabilitation and healthcare of children who have been taken out of the weaving industry. A further portion of each rug's cost is donated by the manufacturer towards aiding impoverished weaving communities and paying for inspectors to spot-check factories, the safety of looms and working conditions of the weavers. RUGMARK has thus far established six schools and a rehabilitation centre caring for more than 3,000 students and employing more than 80 teachers and inspectors. 85% of all rugs sold by THE One bear the RUGMARK label. Find out more at www.rugmarkindia.org
As we are firm believers in the preservation of wildlife, we sell life-like antlers and animal trophies, but the fun lies in the fact that they are faux. This goes for everything that looks like fur in our store too, as it is in fact 100% textile. One can say we are 'FUR Life'!
In support of the Kalandia Camp Women's Handicraft Cooperative, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that aims to raise the educational, social, cultural, health and economic standards of women and children in Palestine, we sell hand-embroidered wrist wraps and cushion covers made by Palestinian women in the Kalandia Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Not just cool accessories, these products are symbols of hope, offering shoppers the chance to help Palestinian women help themselves. Find out more at www.qalandia.org
Inspired by this and with proceeds going to THE Onederworld – our Sustainable Village Community Programme with current projects in Kenya and India, we launched our very own limited edition wrist wraps made out of our staff’s recycled jeans in addition to producing Onederworld calendars. While our turnover funds THE Onederworld, we sell quite a few items like the above where all profit goes directly to this cause, giving customers unique opportunities to change the lives of underprivileged children for a nominal amount. Furthermore, some of our suppliers are so passionate about THE Onederworld that they contribute a percentage of the price of their products to our cause. The more of their products we buy and sell, the bigger this contribution becomes. We therefore highlight these products with a red heart-shaped Onederworld Supplier tag to give customers an opportunity to do even more good while shopping with us.
THE One joined the fight against child hunger by launching FEED Bags and Bears in the Middle East. Our super selection enables customers to pay it forward with their purchases by making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged worldwide. For instance, money raised from the sale of a FEED 1 Bag or a FEED 2 Bag will respectively provide school meals for one child or two children for a year through the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) and each FEED 2 Kenya Bag purchased not only supports the deaf artisans who created it, but also supplies school meals to 2 Kenyan children for a year. While investing in our FEED 10 Pouch provides food and job skill training to 10 women, the FEED Peace Bag pays for 25 meals to be donated to the WFP's initiative to promote peace through food on every continent in the world. Alternatively, fans can splash out on the red-hot FEED Love Bag and supply 25 school meals to a child in an HIV-stricken country or buy the FEED 3 Bear, Nut, which allows for three children to receive three treatments each of Plumpy'nut® - a lifesaving high nutrient paste proven to treat acute malnutrition with amazing success rates. Visit www.wfp.org and www.feedprojects.com for more information.
In addition, we stock The Power of the Invisible Sun by philanthropist Bobby Sager, which is a moving photographic collection of encounters with children in war-torn areas of the world. All proceeds go towards the Hope is a Game-Changer Project, which delivers indestructible soccer balls to disadvantaged children. Find out more at www.poweroftheinvisiblesun.com
And finally, we also introduced ethical muse products in our main UAE Theatres in January 2012. In addition to supporting sustainable practices in disadvantaged communities in Uganda, Ethiopia and the Philippines, every purchase of a handspun silk scarf or recycled plastic iPad sleeve will provide 20 meals for children in Uganda’s Masooli School. Meanwhile, every sale of the super cool, oversized Koko leather clutch bag sees that 10% of the profit is donated to The Global Fund to fight AIDS.