Sweat Shop Initiative
Four years ago, St. Joe’s Prep began to look at how it was forming young men to become, as Fr. Arrupe’s speech in Valencia, Spain stated:
“men who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
This challenge led the school to form a committee on Sweatshops to see how the school was answering this difficult call.
Recently, St. Joe’s Prep has begun to be more conscious of the companies that it works with by joining the Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labor monitoring organization that conducts investigations at factories around the globe. This has begun a process of educating the community, speaking to our suppliers, and ultimately, making decisions that are in solidarity with those around the world working in poor conditions.
We realize that we cannot do everything, but we choose to do what we can instead of ignoring the issue. The Prep’s Spirit Shop has begun to sell sweatshop-free items and some of the school’s athletic teams are supporting organizations that follow appropriate working conditions as laid out by the Worker Rghts Consortium.
This initiative is in its infancy and with the support of the entire Prep community, we can be a beacon for all of those negatively impacted by poor working conditions.
As “men for others” we strive to “Live more simply; Draw no profit whatever from clearly unjust sources; and Resolve to be agents of change in society.”