Fair Wear is encouraged to see that some brands are doing all they can to support the people that make their clothes. To help out, consumers can reward brands by buying from those that are making an effort to support all workers along the supply chain. The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of people working across international supply chains.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sudden, dramatic shift to daily lives, leaving no one unaffected. Garment factories have been forced to shut their doors, leaving workers without the resources to support their families, neither in sickness nor in health.
While governments of garment-producing countries certainly have a duty to care for its citizens, international clothing brands also have a responsibility, not just for the employees in their own companies, but also for the workers across their supply chains. This, more than ever, is a time for the garment industry to show what global entrepreneurship really looks like. At the same time, Fair Wear also recognises that these are also trying times for brands, and some unfortunately have needed to close their shops, the association said in a press release.
Because garment supply chains are long and international, these issues are not limited to a handful of countries. European governments are making encouraging promises of support to the businesses and their employees in their countries, promising not to let them down in these difficult times. What is yet to be determined is what this means, exactly, for global supply chains and the millions of people making our clothes.
Fair Wear foundation is an independent multi-stakeholder organisation that works with garment brands, garment workers and industry influencers to improve labour conditions in garment factories.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)