I was invited to go to Shanghai with fellow Norwex Senior VP Leaders from the US, Canada and Australia, as well as corporate executives for the Grand Opening of our new factory in China. Such an honor! It is an amazing factory with an incredible group of employees (about 200 employees there.) One thing that I love is that Norwex was able to open this facility debt-free, and the entire experience reinforced that Norwex is a company that lives their core values of Integrity, Trust and Respect. When I returned home, I shared with my team some of my takeaways from the trip.
Why are the cloths made in China? 1) China offers the highest textile expertise and Norwex was able to significantly improve the quality of their cloths when they moved the manufacturing to China. 2) Norwex is a global company and sources their products from all around the world. They started in Norway, moved to Canada and the US and now is in 12 markets around the world. 3) Norwex is not only making a difference in our own country, but literally having a positive impact all around the globe!
I took so many things away from this trip and also my trip there in 2015. It has been shared that in China, factories close for 1-3 weeks during the Chinese New Year holiday and that it’s typical for factories to have about 40% of their work force not return after this holiday. At Norwex, 100% of the employees returned after the holiday this year! I think that speaks VOLUMES. Norwex is part of the UN Global Compact with a commitment to quality working conditions. The employees are in a union and have fair labor. Wages are about 50% higher than average factory workers in the area. The factory is currently running Monday-Saturday. It is an incredible facility and we are so grateful for our employees in China who are an integral part of sharing the Norwex mission!
Thank you, Norwex, for living by your core values of Integrity, Trust & Respect. I am honored to represent this company! 🙂