Fair wages and Workers' rights in the Fashion industry

Do you know who is behind your accessories and garments and their working conditions?

Earlier in our blog, we presented a series of introductory posts to the lives of our silversmiths. In line with the second pillar of our brand’s strategy, we believe in full transparency when it comes to letting our consumers know who is behind their fine jewelry and at the same time, we advocate for improving the lives of our local artisans in Peru.

Nevertheless, this is not a standard situation across fashion industry despite some signs of improvement. According to the Fashion Revolution organization, garments’ industry is in the Top-2 product categories for modern slavery imported into G20 countries, for which its supply chain still suffers from severe labor exploitation, including workers’ lack of access to social security or child labor in the work floor. This organization alongside a couple others have made progress on publishing the Civil Society European Shadow Strategy for Sustainable Textiles, Garments, Leather and Footwear (TGLF), already presented to officials of the European Union (EU) Parliament and EU Governments.

The spark that ignited this sort of initiatives and involvement from not-for-profit organizations was the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh on April 23rd, 2013. The Rana Plaza factory was an eight-story building where underpaid workers manufactured garments for brands like Zara, Benetton, and Mango, and exemplified current fashion’s colonial model, where Upper Management runs systems focused on extraction and exploitation of (human and material) resources. After Rana Plaza collapse, fashion was not anymore about that nice party dress but about the labor conditions.

Consumers’ behavior plays a critical role on making this change possible and turn these initiatives for change into common practices for the entire fashion industry, for garments and accessories production processes, and contribute to make fashion not one of the world’s most destructive business sectors, next to energy and transportation.

What can you do as citizen and consumer?

If you are based in Europe, you can contact your Member of European Parliament and address these issues and tell them you want to support and see them adopting recommendations from advisory Boards to improve working conditions from garments’ and accessories workers, that are sold inside and outside the EU.

Were you aware of modern slaver conditions in the fashion industry? Do you think twice before purchasing clothing and/or accessories?

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