The Fast Fashion Industry
Fast fashion generates vast revenues, with recent sums of USD 3 trillion being quoted, using a business model that turns around enormous quantities of cheap clothing produced with very short lead times by globally sourced cheap labour.
It depends on mass consumption at low prices: ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’. In short, fashion as a disposable product.
Multinational fast fashion companies are able to quickly move their production to countries with lower wages. The risk of losing this investment acts as a disincentive for countries to improve their labour laws and provide fair minimum wage rules. The result is labour protection is kept to a minimum and essential rights to freedom of association are not guaranteed. In some countries young women make up 90% of garment workers.
The Fundamental Right to a Living Wage
The Lawyers Circle, in partnership with TrustLaw and the Clean Clothes Campaign, is launching a report at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on Thursday May 11th 2017 that sets out the legal argument that a living wage is a fundamental human right, and companies and governments have a responsibility to uphold this right. The report has been developed with the assistance of lawyers based in fourteen countries where large scale retailers source garment production, and examines the relevant labour laws and regulations as well as their implementation and control mechanisms.
Read the full report here: Fashion Focus – The Fundamental Right to a Living Wage
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Be part of the change
This though is just the beginning of the work The Circle wants to do in regards to ensuring that the many workers in the garment industry — who are predominantly women — receive a living wage. We are planning a two-year campaign to stop the current ‘race to the bottom’ and to propose a new architecture for the garment industry to ensure compliance and accountability for workers to receive a living wage. You can be part of that by donating to our work in this area and helping create a ‘race to the top’ to protect the rights of millions of workers and paying them a living wage. Every contribution will make a difference. Thank you.