FairWear improves labour situation in fashion manufacturing

by: Mirjam Visser, 2012-11-19 10:08:19 UTC
Sustainability Aspects: Making sure that there is no forced, child or discrimination or unhealthy labor. Wages should be at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families.

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Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers.

FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands, and are based in seven European countries; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. FWF is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.

FWF’s Guiding Principles

  • Supply chain responsibility = realising that the Code can only be fulfilled when sourcing companies, as well as factory management, actively pursue practices that support good working conditions.
  • Labour standards derived from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights = basing FWF’s Code on internationally-recognised standards which have been set through tri-partite negotiation.
  • Multi-stakeholder verification = verification processes developed through multi-stakeholder negotiation, and involving experts from diverse disciplines and perspectives in FWF verification teams.
  • A process approach to implementation = paying special attention to the means (i.e. building functioning industrial relations systems over time) in order to achieve the end (i.e. sustainable workplace improvements).
  • Involvement of stakeholders in production countries = engaging local partners in shaping FWF’s approach in a given region or country.
  • Transparency = keeping relevant stakeholders informed of FWF policies, activities, and results; publicly reporting on member company efforts to fulfil FWF requirements.
  • FWF is governed by the following organisations:*
    Modint (the trade association for fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles)
    CBW-MITEX (business association for retailers of interior design, fashion, shoes and sportswear)
    FGHS (business association for sporting goods suppliers)
    FNV Bondgenoten (federation of trade unions – service industry)
    CNV dienstenbond (Christian trade union – service industry)
    Clean Clothes Campaign (The Netherlands)
    Brot für alle (Switzerland)
Product: Improving live and labour standards
Designer: Fair Wear
Manufacturer: 120+ and growing
Category: Labour
Websites: www.fairwear.org


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