About Fair Wear Foundation

What is FWF?

Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit organisation that works with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and sometimes governments to verify and improve workplace conditions for garment workers 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. FWF’s more than 80 member companies represent over 130 brands, and are based in Europe; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. 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, read more on our membership page. Read more

Membership

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) membership is the beginning of a journey in which brands make step-by-step improvements that lead to real and sustainable solutions. Lasting change does not happen overnight. FWF’s process-based approach acknowledges that ‘100% fair’ clothing does not yet exist, and places an emphasis on practical steps brands can take to reduce the risk of problems in factories. FWF focus on the phases of production where sewing is the main manufacturing process. These are among the most labour-intensive phases of the production process. It is also the stage of production where many labour problems are found, and where effective remedies can positively impact the lives of millions of workers.

WHO CAN JOIN?

FWF membership is open to European garment companies:
  1. Minimum annual turnover of €2.5 m
  2. More than 50% production in countries where FWF is active. Production that takes place in countries where FWF does not require full audits can also count towards the required 50%
  3. At least 50% own production
Companies do not need to already be engaged in CSR at an advanced level in order to join; FWF’s process approach meets companies where they are. FWF guides each company to help them identify areas where potential changes would have the greatest impact on the working conditions in their supply chain. This step-by-step process leads to real and lasting improvements in workplaces throughout the garment industry. Read more

Partners

FWF’s multi-stakeholder structure and approach was brought to life by a strong belief in the power of cooperation. It is only through cooperation – at all levels of the industry – that industry-wide improvements can be realised. Read more

Team

With headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and representation in Germany, FWF is represented in the main areas where its members are. The organisation also has staff in India, Bangladesh and Turkey, as well as a diverse group of auditors and complaints handlers that work in the countries where FWF is active. Read more

Media

In The News

Below you find a selection of articles about the work of Fair Wear Foundation. For any press enquiries please contact: Lotte Schuurman or call +31 (0)6 537 679 08 Read more

Annual Events

At Fair Wear Foundation, we know there is a better way to make clothes- and we are determined to make it happen! We can't achieve it alone. We need different players from members, business associations, trade unions, governments and NGO's. Everyone has an important role to play, and by combining our efforts we can push for bigger more unified change. On Monday 19 and 20 November 2018 we brought all players together for the International Stakeholder Day, Member Day and Annual Conference. You can get an impression of this year’s events by checking out the cartoon depictions of the day’s events or by watching the livestream videos.

Read more

FAQ

Improving working conditions at garment factories is a complex process, and it raises many questions. Here is a selections of the questions FWF often gets asked. They range from questions about the organisation, to supply chain examples, and how members can communicate their membership. We hope that you find the information you need here below. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us. Read more

Share this on

FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmailCopy link