Which clothing brands pay a living wage?

An estimated 60 million workers worldwide feed the garment industry, generating billions in profits. Most work inhumane hours and about 80% of this workforce is made up of women.

Since 1989 the Clean Clothes Campaign works to guarantee respect for the fundamental rights of workers. With its global network, it is dedicated to advocating for workers’ rights in the global garment industries, calling for a living wage for workers and a transparent supply chain.

Since 2020 he has created a portal, il Fashion Checker, where there are over 100 clothing brands and where the visitor can find out if the fashion labels pay their employees a decent wage.

In many countries, there is a statutory minimum wage, including those where the clothes are made. The problem is that this wage is often less than the living wage. The living wage is the minimum wage necessary to satisfy the basic needs of the worker and his family: shelter, food for three healthy and varied meals a day, clothing, personal care, health care, education…

Living wage violations in producing countries have long been exposed. But the pressure must still be increased because brands still respect too little this fundamental right to which the 60 million workers in the sector are entitled.

To feed the Fashion Checker, over 100 fashion brands have been selected: big names such as Primark, Zalando, Adidas, C&A and lesser known ones. There are the giants of fast fashion, those of online sales and even some Italian brands.

Image taken from the Fashion Checker website

The first critical fact is that 93% of the brands interviewed are unable to demonstrate that the workers in their sectors receive a decent wage!

For each brand, the Fashion Checker website provides information on the payment of a living wage, turnover and profit, countries of supply, transparency of the brand on its supply chain and its various commitments. It is sad to note that much of this information is missing from the database.

For decades, brands and retailers have built their profits on low prices. The global clothing glut generated by the fast fashion allows brands to impose the lowest possible price on their suppliers.

Asking for a wage you can live on shouldn’t be a problem but the norm in a just and fair world.

Let’s do our part too: if we really can’t reuse or recycle, then let’s buy consciously.

Source: Il Blog di Beppe Grillo by beppegrillo.it.

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