Fashion Checker: Filling The Gap
Global fashion brands make grand promises about the wages they pay garment workers and the transparency of their supply chains. But what do their supply chains really look like? Find out with Fashion Checker, the online tool that allows you to search and compare brands.
Fashion Checker shows you what your favourite brands pay their workers and love how they treat the people who make their clothes. Read our mimimag to find out what these wages mean for workers.
CCC has been fighting against exploitation in the garment industry for two decades. We've seen how the 'Maximise profits. Minimise costs.' capitalist business structure of fashion production costs workers their lives. It is also clear that human rights abuses in garment supply chains have been able to continue unchecked for so long because of the complete lack of meaningful transparency. We want to change that.
Fashion Checker puts a spotlight on exploitation in the supply chain, and allows you to tell brands you expect better.
Our goal is to fill the gap between poverty wages and living wages, and between male and female pay. We also want to fill the gap in data at the bottom of the supply chain; No brand releases data on their lowest paid workers.
Help us build more transparency in the fashion industry. Visit fashionchecker.org to take action, and spread the word!
What is the problem?
Over the last few years, there has been an encouraging increase in how transparent fashion brands are on where their clothes are produced. More and more brands are signing the Transparency Pledge and are disclosing their production locations. There are still too many brands that refuse to do so, but there is definite progress.
However, at the same time, there is very little progress to tackle poverty wages. As our research shows, no major clothing brand is able to show that workers making their clothing in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe are paid enough to escape the poverty trap.
While most brands make statements about a Living Wage in their own Codes of Conduct, those remain mostly empty promises, vague "pilot project" or claims of good intentions. They should do much more, given that only a very small part of the price of clothing actually goes to workers.
Workers deserve better. Consumers deserve better. It is time to use the available data to highlight the issue, and get concrete, meaningful, and measurable wage increases.
Let's get the facts!
In this campaign, we want to gather evidence and use already existing data to give consumers, workers, civil society groups and others a louder voice in demanding better fashion.
We want to show what brands are doing about the wages in their supply chains, and whether it has real impact where it counts: on the lives of the people making their products, enabling them to lead a dignified life.
We want to encourage brands to be open about where they stand now, what their plans for improvement are, and how they will measure their effect.
We want consumers to have a better insight into what part of the money they are spending ends up with those who are making the products, so they can make sustainable choices.
And we want to do this in a way that involves workers, unions, civil society, consumers and everyone that wants to play an active role in making sure the fashion industry starts provide a decent living for those who need it most.
About Fashion Checker
Getting information from workers
Because of the challenging context, including workers’ reluctance to speak with researchers for fear of reprisal, field research at workplace level has initially only been carried out in five countries where access to garment workers is guaranteed; Indonesia, China, Croatia, India and the Ukraine. We collected workers’ payslips, conducted interviews to interpret the information the payslips provide, disaggregated by gender (e.g. on gender pay gaps, work responsibilities, working hours,bonuses, overtime). We then checked these wages against the response given by brands on their living wage benchmarks and the percentage of suppliers paid according to this benchmark. We will be adding data from more countries as this project progresses.
Asking garment brands where they stand now
We sent more than 90 brands questionnaires to give them the opportunity to showcase the efforts they are making towards paying a living wage to all workers in their supply chain and to disclose their production locations (if they had not done so through the Transparency Pledge). Our emphasis is on expressing the brands’ efforts to pay a living wage through SMART data collected via this research in a transparent and comprehensive format for consumers, garment workers and policy makers. It is hoped that, in the long term, brands representation on Fashion Checker will become a component of a brand’s due diligence and CSR validation process.
We worked with WikiRate, an open data expert, on the aggregation and consolidation of the supply chain information released by brands. We also use the data gathered by the Open Apparel Registry and OpenCorporates among others. This database, as well as datasets from trusted partners with long running experience makes this evidence available to the public in a user-friendly way.
Combining it all
The information we collect will be made available in the form of reports, but also as an online tool where you can search, combine and use the data to form your own opinion. The data will be updated over the coming years, as more research comes in.
It will also allow you to make your voice heard, to become an active citizen and a conscious consumer that plays a vital role in pressuring the fashion industry to do better.
And, if not enough progress is made, it will enable us to collectively engage with policy makers to ensure that fair wages become something that is guaranteed by law. After all, it is recognized as a human right.
Results: 14 Items
September 13, 2022
The increased interest in the subject of living wage in Croatia came in mid-2021, a new method of calculating a living wage for Croatia was presented at the round table “Europe Floor Wage – a living wage is a human right”. The round table also marked the official start of the campaign for a living wage in Croatia. The Coalition for a Living Wage was launched, bringing together several civil society organisations - Pariter, the Centre for Peace Studies, the House of Human Rights, the Base for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization (BRID), Fashion Revolution Croatia, the Centre for Education Counselling and Research (CESI), then the Regional Industrial Union and the Independent Workers' Union of Croatia.
August 25, 2022
This discussion paper was formulated in consultation with members and partners in the Clean Clothes Campaign network. The paper presents and contextualises known environmental impacts and impacts on climate changes and the intersections with labour rights, human rights, and social issues in the of the global garment sector. The paper aims to provide the Clean Clothes Campaign network and other stakeholders and CSOs with a summary of relevant, up-to-date information about these issues as well as typical responses from industry actors, stakeholders, and civil society. The content of the paper, and the actions outlined should be viewed as the initial steps towards formulating our position on intersections of environmental and social impacts and our goals for a just transition for the global garment industry.
July 30, 2022
Background paper - updating wage benchmarks, taking into account inflation and cost of living increases.
July 13, 2022
In this report we specifically address the issue of wages as the first, but not the only, urgent issue we need to act on in order to tackle the problem of in-work poverty and inequality in Italy, starting from the fashion supply chains. The concept of wage we are referring to is the floor living wage adopted by the Clean Clothes Campaign, which can be defined as the value of the net basic wage able to guarantee the worker and his/her family the satisfaction of basic needs and decent living conditions. The net basic pay is calculated without overtime bonuses, before incentives and allowances, and after taxes, taking into account only monetary disbursements.
July 1, 2022
This paper serves as a basis to frame and inform the Clean Clothes Campaign’s work on discrimination and develop a holistic intersectional approach to challenge discrimination and structural inequalities in the industry. By defining the key concepts, and collecting existing research and data on discrimination, we will identify the current gaps in knowledge and build a strategy to inform our research, advocacy and campaigning to ensure that our work responds to inequality and is inclusive of all garment workers. This paper should be viewed alongside the Global Strategic Framework #2, as a foundation for how intersectionality and inclusion will be embedded within the mission of the CCC Global Network.
January 6, 2022
A position paper on (the lack of) progress on Living Wages and Transparency within the AGT and the urgent need for mandatory HRDD legislation
June 23, 2021
This paper looks at how transparency is handled within the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) - regarding both supply chain transparency and transparency on the due diligence processes of its members, i.e. the PST´s so-called Review Process. The German Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is a member of the PST and has always worked towards improving the Partnership`s approach to supply chain and reporting transparency. However, as this analysis shows, there has been almost no progress at all in terms of supply chain transparency.
April 6, 2021
We put forward a cross-border living wage proposal for European production countries and explain why national governments keep legal wages below the poverty line. We detail how we calculate a living wage and the human rights violations the garment industry is founded on. Brands and retailers have built their wealth by under paying their suppliers for decades. Read more about how they can end exploitation in their supply chains.
January 14, 2021
Fashioning Justice: A call for mandatory and comprehensive human rights due diligence in the garment industry
Our latest publication on mandatory human rights due diligence calls for concrete and comprehensive binding regulations which ensure responsible business conduct. We put the spotlight on brands’ unfair purchasing practices at the root of human rights violations, their reliance on the flawed social auditing system, the lack of occupational safety, gender inequality, poverty wages, persistent attacks freedom of association, the acute lack of value chain transparency and lack of effective remedy in cases of human rights violations which take place on a mass scale.
November 16, 2020
Exploring the connections between economic exploitation and violence against women workers
October 14, 2020
The Clean Clothes Campaign has published its latest position paper on corporate transparency in textile global supply chains. Following up from the 2016 report, it pictures the state of corporate transparency practises in the global garment industry.
September 23, 2020
Our new report brings the data from the Fashion Checker transparency tool to life, detailing the stark contrast between fashion brands' claims and the reality of their supply chains.
July 16, 2020
A Living Wage in Central, East and South-East Europe
March 30, 2020
Findings from field research in sportswear factories in China and Indonesia.
"Filling the Gap: Achieving Living Wages through improved transparency" is a 3-year project co-funded by the European Commission (DG DEVCO). It involves 17 CCC partners from all over Europe; The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Romania, as well as partners from Indonesia, China and India.
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