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Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers.

FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands, and are based in seven European countries; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. FWF is active in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.

Change requires a major joint effort. We therefore invite companies to join FWF and make a difference. If you're interested in how we can help you, send us an e-mail at info@fairwear.org.

 

Good labour conditions are FWF’s mission: make them part of yours!

Companies that produce and distribute products of which the main manufacturing process is sewing can join FWF and, depending on the direct influence they have with garment factories, become an FWF affiliate or FWF ambassador. Both affiliates and ambassadors of FWF work towards improving the labour conditions in factories and workshops where the ‘cut-make-trim’ stage takes place, all over the world. The basis of the collaboration between FWF and a member is the Code of Labour Practices. Eight labour standards form the core of the Code of Labour Practices. Members of FWF must comply with this Code of Labour Practices.

FWF works with three different types of membership. For more information, please see the Membership Types page

 

FWF's Guiding Principles

Supply chain responsibility = realising that the Code can only be fulfilled when sourcing companies, as well as factory management, actively pursue practices that support good working conditions.
Labour standards derived from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights = basing FWF’s Code on internationally-recognised standards which have been set through tri-partite negotiation.
Multi-stakeholder verification = verification processes developed through multi-stakeholder negotiation, and involving experts from diverse disciplines and perspectives in FWF verification teams.
A process approach to implementation = paying special attention to the means (i.e. building functioning industrial relations systems over time) in order to achieve the end (i.e. sustainable workplace improvements).
Involvement of stakeholders in production countries = engaging local partners in shaping FWF’s approach in a given region or country.
Transparency = keeping relevant stakeholders informed of FWF policies, activities, and results; publicly reporting on member company efforts to fulfil FWF requirements.

How is FWF governed?

FWF's board is composed of trade unions, business associations and NGOs.  You can learn more about who governs FWF here.