This week has been interesting. For those who don’t know, due to a similarity in names with a company called Soap & Co. which has been investigated by BBC Newsnight, many people mistook our brand for theirs.
Soap & Co. have been accused of exploitative labour practices and paying their staff significantly below the minimum wage. We have never and will never condone the actions and employment conditions that Soap & Co. has been accused of operating. You can see the news article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40512248
This story has shone a spotlight on employment practices, especially for firms with the words ‘Soap’ and ‘Co.’ in our names! We don’t mind, this is something we are always happy to shout about.
We are part of CLARITY, a social enterprise that was formed over 160 years ago to provide employment for blind people. Today, CLARITY and The Soap Co. also support disabled and disadvantaged people and have helped thousands of individuals during our time. Currently, over 80% of our staff have a long-term condition.
For example, Ronald has epilepsy and hadn’t worked for 30 years before joining us. At CLARITY and The Soap Co. he has finally been given the chance to work, gaining experience and skills. In the future, he hopes that he can move on to a job in a warehouse or supermarket. This would not have been possible without our commitment and support.
Some like Ronald, use our factory as a stepping stone, to begin and rebuild careers before working somewhere else. We’re always sad to see them go but delighted that we can help them to move on and achieve their goals. Others, who may be unable to work elsewhere, have stayed here for decades becoming part of the fabric of the organisation. But it’s not just employment that working at CLARITY and The Soap Co. provides. It’s friendship and companionship, a support network and a helping hand, improved mental welfare and reduced reliance for their family. Our social mission is to help people prosper. For The Soap Co. we do this by selling luxury ethical soap and hand wash, and it’s something we’re incredibly passionate about.
We’ve learnt this week that you can’t please everyone. 99% of people have been brilliantly supportive (including journalists) and helped set the record straight. To you, from everyone at The Soap Co., we would like to say a massive thank you.
We have been made aware of a BBC investigation into a company called SOAP & CO. Our company THE SOAP CO. has absolutely no connection to SOAP & CO. We are a completely separate company. This is us: https://thesoapco.org.
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