Our partners

Fair Wear is part of a bigger movement—starting with our growing network of partners.

Transforming working conditions for people in the garment industry is an ambitious goal, and we can’t achieve it alone. That’s why we partner with political bodies, business associations, trade unions, and civil society organisations to help move the industry forward. This includes strategic collaboration with decision-makers and key actors working at important junctures in the garment industry.

We advance the successes of our member brands to reach many more brands in the industry by partnering with the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile the German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, the Ethical Trading Initiative, ASN Bank and the International Labour Organisation, among others. These organisations have access to the biggest brands in the world and we’re happy to inspire them by sharing what we’ve learned.

We also lobby policymakers and advocate for the rights of garment workers both internationally and on a regional level across garment production countries. In Bangladesh, for example, we submitted a draft law on the ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’, together with local partners of Dutch trade union Mondiaal FNV.

In 2017, we joined the ‘MSI Emergency Response Group’ with the Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Labor Association, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Social Accountability International, and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production. The aim is to boost our ability to respond in a coordinated manner when urgent labour rights violations arise in garment-producing countries.

At Fair Wear, we are uniquely positioned to be both visionary and pragmatic. Our board, which is made up of a diverse mix of business associations, trade unions and NGOs, brings together ideas and perspectives from across the industry, while our hands-on approach and our member brands keep us close to the heart of supply chains and the reality of factory working conditions. Bringing together this powerful web of stakeholders is what’s required to transform the industry. Together, we’re making fair fashion the norm.

The Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation 2016-2020

One part of this multi-stakeholder work is a partnership established between Fair Wear, CNV Internationaal, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mondiaal FNV. The partnership brings together the expertise of trade unions, NGOs, and ethical brands and factories that address three key labour issues:

  • Living wage
  • Gender-based violence
  • Social dialogue

Together, we test new ideas to provide models and evidence to brands, factories, trade unions, governments and civil society organisations of how a fairer garment industry could benefit business and workers. With real examples from garment supply chains, the Partnership aims to create practical solutions that the rest of the industry can use and replicate. An example is a recent joint effort between unions, brands and factories to raise wages in garment factories.

At its core, the Partnership is creating opportunities for evidence-based dialogue between civil society, government and business, because this is the only way to move the garment industry forward.

Fair Wear Associate Director Margreet Vrieling discusses the importance of the Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation.