What is Progoti?
Progoti means "progress" in Bengali. We are a social enterprise brand from Poshak, that aims to inform consumers about the Bangladeshi garment industry, and support workers through purchases and contributions. Our goal is to help these workers build long-term financial security for themselves and their families.
Why is it needed?
Garment workers in manufacturing hubs like Bangladesh and other developing countries experience low wages and poor working conditions. Legal protections are weak, often due to the political influence of corporations and the lax enforcement of laws and regulations.
What does Progoti envision?
We believe selling our products at cost, with an option for customers to add a voluntary contribution of any amount, will have several benefits:
- Empower customers to vote with their wallets by supporting an ethical brand in the marketplace.
- Selling at cost ensures all expenses are covered, eliminating financial risks to factories and encouraging them to participate;
- All contributions go directly towards purchasing individual life insurance and pension policies for workers. This hands-on approach eliminates the risk of loss through factory or government involvement.
- We hope to pave the way to develop a more equitable business model for other leaders who wish to mitigate the social devastation caused by the industry.
We plan to expand program to more workers as contributions allow.
How much does it cost to help one worker for one year under Progoti's program?
Approximately CAN $198 annually buys a policy for one worker.
How do I add a contribution to my order? Can I contribute without making a purchase?
Simply click "Contribute" at the top of our homepage. This link will direct you to a page where you can select an amount of your choice and add it to your cart. You can also contribute without making a purchase.