The influence of a button on working conditions
Employees of European clothing brands, from designers to buyers, can play an important role in improving working conditions in garment factories worldwide. Decisions that seem relatively small, often impact greatly on the working conditions in production countries such as India, China or Bangladesh.
WellMade, an initiative by Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), SOMO and others, shows European brand employees the impact of their decisions and offers them practical guidance to help improve working conditions along the supply chain. Today, WellMade is officially launched at the international trade fair A + A in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The garment industry employs millions of people worldwide. Garment production is often associated with low wages and problems such as child labour, excessive overtime and unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. European clothing brands can play an important role in improving these conditions. Decisions made at the drawing table – a different button at last moment’s notice – can have a large impact on factory workers.