Bodek and Rhodes Declares Commitment to Social Responsibility
Philadelphia-based Bodek and Rhodes, a wholesaler of imprintable activewear, recently restated its commitment to social responsibility with a Public Declaration of Responsibility. In this document, Bodek and Rhodes pledges that it “aspires to be a leader in social accountability within the wholesale apparel industry by promoting a positive culture with respect to human rights and the continuous improvement of working conditions.”
To that end, the company outlined a number of worker-friendly policies, including ensuring all its business partners abide by safe and fair labor practices. All garment manufacturers of their private label, UltraClub, are currently certified by the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) organization—an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing.
Additionally, the company’s hat and bag lines follow strict SGS testing guidelines – the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company – the global benchmark for consumer product integrity.
“We’ve always been a family business with the motto ‘do the right thing,’” said Mike Rhodes, company president. “And that’s not just about great customer service. It’s also about taking care of the people and world we live in. I think that’s why it’s important for us to stand up and say that fair and safe labor and products are the only kinds we’ll use at Bodek and Rhodes.”
Rhodes continued, “Our customers can confidently sell Bodek and Rhodes products knowing they were made upholding the highest of working conditions. Plus, our hats and bags have been thoroughly tested for safety to protect our customers from liability, but more importantly to simply protect the end-users.”
In addition, Bodek and Rhodes is a member of both the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Exchange and was a pioneer in offering more than thirty eco-friendly styles and accessories, including organic-cotton tees and polos, bamboo caps and recycled tote bags.