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New report: Do we buy it?

Do we buy it?

Have you ever wondered if the public statements high-street brands make about their ethics are backed up with facts? The new report from our partner Labour behind the Label, ‘Do We Buy It?’, looks into the stories behind two leading high-street brands who have made claims to be ensuring a fair living wage is possible for workers who make their clothes.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) set out publicly in 2010 a plan to ensure that, by 2015, suppliers in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would be able to pay a ‘fair living wage’ to workers. H&M similarly launched a fair living wage promise in December 2013, aiming to have a system in place to allow workers to be paid this ‘fair wage’ by 2018. Both M&S and H&M are receiving public recognition for these claims, (not least from Labour Behind the Label in terms of high marks in our reports!) but can we trust what they say?

The research set out to find if M&S’s scheme had been effective, and if H&M’s new scheme had started to make a difference.

Cleck here to download the report.

Not even paid a living wage

A new report by the Clean Clothes Campaign and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance casts light on the starvation wages in Asia’s clothing industry and reveals responsibilities of states, corporations and suppliers

Asia plays a central role in the global production chain of clothes. Representing one of the biggest economic sectors, the Asian countries belay on the income generated by the clothing industry. The low production costs have made a significant contribution to their competitive advantage – at the expense of millions of workers. In order to attract international companies, the states hold the minimum wages low at purpose. Even though, the clothing industry has the capacity to not only contribute to the economic development of these countries, but to also make an important contribution to a better life of its employees. Precondition for this is the protection of the human rights. The global cloth corporations finally must assume their responsibility.

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Stitched Up: Poverty Wages for garment workers in Eastern Europe

Adidas, Hugo Boss and Zara are among a host of brands profiting from a supply chain in eastern Europe and Turkey that new research shows pays poverty wages.

The Clean Clothes Campaign's new report - Stitched Up - highlights that poverty wages and shocking working conditions are endemic eastern in European production. Far from being a problem confined to garment workers in Asia Stitched Up has found that the idea that "Made in Europe" means better conditions for workers, is a myth.

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"Tailored Wages"

Find out what your favourite brand is doing to improve workers' rights

"Tailored Wages" - Are the big brands paying the people who make our clothes enough to live on?", takes a close look at what actions top high street brands and retailers are taking to address the problem of poverty wages in the garment industry. The report profiles 40 companies on the extent to which their actions are having a positive real effect on workers wages in garment factories.

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The Asia Floor Wage Campaign

Seeking an end to the severe poverty that garment workers currently endure, a campaign to push for implementation of a concrete minimum living wage across Asia is being launched.

The Asia Floor Wage (AFW) Alliance is calling upon companies sourcing garment production in Asia to implement an Asia Floor Wage. The ground-breaking AFW benchmark, developed by a growing Asian-based alliance of labour rights organisations, has a concrete calculation for a minimum living wage that activists believe companies sourcing in the region should implement. Currently the poverty wages garment workers earn do not cover basic needs and fall far short of a living wage. The AFW will be formally launched at events across Asia this week.

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