The European Union is committed to making value chains in the garment sector more sustainable and is supporting a broad range of initiatives to promote decent work and reduce vulnerabilities for garment workers across the world.
An estimated 60 million workers power the billion-Euro global garment industry. The majority of these workers work in indecent conditions, for long hours and for wages that do not cover the basic cost of living.
80% of these workers are women.
Research carried out by the Clean Clothes Campaign remarkably shows that no major clothing brand is able to prove that workers making their clothing are paid a living wage in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe.
All workers in a supply chain should have a right to a living wage.
Fashion Checker has been launched to shine a light on the working conditions being faced by garment workers, giving consumers, garment workers and other stakeholders access to real data from the supply chains of the worlds’ biggest brands.
Fashion Checker is being implemented by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) with the support of the European Union, to promote greater transparency on the working conditions of garment workers to promote greater awareness and be a powerful platform for change.
Data in the tool is based on research and surveys of 109 brands as well as around 200 worker interviews carried out across a range of countries around the world.
The extensive data includes information on hours worked in the last month, overtime, maternity leave (or lack of it), living conditions of workers, family composition and are all corroborated with real evidence, such as payslips. This research will be expanded over time as new research countries will be added.
The campaign allows consumers to take direct action towards the brands investigated as well as to support garment workers affected by the Covid-19 emergency.
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is a global network dedicated to improving working conditions and empowering workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. Since 1989, CCC has worked to ensure that the fundamental rights of workers are respected.
Filling the Gap: Achieving living wages through improved transparency is a 3-year project co-funded by the European Union. It involves 17 CCC partners from all over Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Sweden) as well as partners from Indonesia, China and India.