Greetings, my name is Seth Lennon, I am the new Communications Manager here at WRAP, and its time for me to dive nose deep into the realm that is social compliance. Granted, I’ve only been here a few weeks, but my immersion into this world has been overwhelming occasionally, but always enlightening. The more I have learned, the more questions I find myself asking about how our work here at WRAP impacts so many facets of our world. As this internal monologue progressed, I ended up considering the impact of social compliance on another important aspect of my life.
For a little background, I am passionate about the sport of ice hockey. I have been involved with it for the better part of two decades. During my non-WRAP life, I am the goalie coach for the Red Line Athletic Club out in Cabin John, MD and I play recreationally here in the area. I also support the Washington Capitals of the NHL, who as of the writing of this blog just won the organization’s first ever Stanley Cup championship. With the near hysteria surrounding this event, I did what any obsessed fan would do: I bought merchandise.
My choice of merchandise was a jersey/shirt of their starting goalkeeper, Braden Holtby, with the all-important commemorative patch indicating their participation in the championship series.
A week after ordering, I got a package in the mail:I opened that package and here is what awaited me.
I opened that package and here is what awaited me. The jersey which I had so eagerly awaited to receive and was even more eager to put on.
In the natural excitement of the arrival of my recent purchase, I was ready to throw it on…but as I did, I noticed something:
It’s something I had noticed a bunch of times: the “Made In” label. But until this instance, it did not carry a great deal of weight with me. This moment was different. At this moment, I found myself just staring at it. Very quickly, dozens of questions went through my head. “How was the production for this jersey sourced?”, “Was it made ethically?”, “What is life like for the workers in Vietnam who took the time to make this jersey?”, “Are they getting paid on time?”, “Do they have free access to their passports?”, “Is the factory safe?” These are all questions that I would not have asked even six months ago, but now I am. At this very moment; I was curious. I wanted to learn more. I decided it’s time to use my devotion to a kid’s game as my chance to begin my crash course learning more about the world of social compliance, a journey that I will detail in my next installment.