Social Responsibility

Nitya Biswas products like the bags and purses are carefully handcrafted by highly skilled artisans. These ‘karigars' (meaning 'creators' in Hindi) pay extra attention to detail as every embellishment including the beads, sequins, crystals and threads are put together by hand.



Our workforce and workplace follow international social and environmental norms while creating the merchandise. We have listed these standards below:



Minimum Labour Standards



We incorporate minimum labour standards in our business model, production and sourcing practices (relating to working hours, living wage, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, use of contract labour, child labour, forced labour, discrimination, harassment, health & safety – as referenced in national and international law).



Working hours



Working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.


In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven day period on an average. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate.


All breaks, holidays and rest periods are in compliance with the local laws.


One-day rest in a week is provided to all employees.


Working hour’s policy was explained to all employees.



    Living Wage



    Applicable minimum wages paid to all the employees.


    Provision of social benefits such as Provident Fund & Employee State Insurance benefits to all employees.


    No deductions are taken from the wages of the workers as a disciplinary measure.


    Wage slips were provided to all their employees for each pay period.


    Wages were paid in time, on or before the 7th day after completion of each pay period.


    Payment and time records were well maintained for all employees for the last 12 months.


    Wages and benefit policies are well explained to all employees.



    Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining



    Workers without distinction, have the right to join any union or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.


    Provision of a confidential suggestion box for the workers in which workers can put their suggestions and complaints.


    Policy of supporting and protecting freedom of association of their employees.


    Provision of works committee, grievances committee represented by workers from all departments. Employees are free to approach management through this committee for any of their grievances, if any.



    Child labour & forced labour 



    There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.

    Workers are not required to lodge “deposits” or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after a reasonable notice.


    Employees are free to leave at the end of their shift and there is no compulsion to work overtime.


    There is no presence of any prison labour at the work place.

    Factory had documented policy against forced, bonded or involuntary labour.



    Discrimination:



    There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.



    Harassment:



    Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation are prohibited. 



    Health & Safety



    Sufficient training to employees in the operation of fire fighting equipments.


    Workplace environment is clean and safe.


    Provision of sufficient toilet facilities to their employees.


    Provision of first aid treatment and regular health check-ups


    Provision of sufficient and clean drinking water facility to their employees free of cost.


    Provision of sufficient fire extinguishers throughout the facility.


    Fire drills are conducted annually.


    Personal protective equipments were provided to all the concern employees free of cost.



      Adding Value, Fair Trade and Sustainable Livelihoods



      Following are the added value processes we offer to communities and to the environment. This is relevant at every stage in the supply chain.


      Schemes for worker engagement with decision making

      Programmes of worker training and capacity building


      Programmes of support for local communities including housing, facilities, education and healthcare - healthcare & training camp through Saalam Baalak Trust (NGO) & Dr Raina.


      Not for profit initiatives or schemes with a portion of profits dedicated to adding value in social and environmental terms - NGO Saalam Baalak Trust & Protsahan India Foundation


      Building on traditional and cultural skills in handcrafted industry


      Create economic opportunities for the youth and vulnerable group(s), to develop skills in traditional arts & crafts



      Environmental Standards



      We have a dedicated environmental policy in place for production, sourcing, and business practices. This includes reference to energy use and waste, recycling, water and chemical use.


      We do not use any harmful chemical and heavy industrial machine during the production process. Only organic fabric (e.g. Cotton, Silk Jute) is used. We are engaged in manufacturing handmade ladies hand bags, fashion accessories, home furnishing & all handmade items. Our workplace is non-polluting.



      Progressive Practices



      We incorporate progressive practices towards sustainability. In addition, we follow continually improved social and environmental standards.