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 120 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

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

Events

Ask your FWF brand Anything!

Where are your clothes made? And by whom? On 24 April 2018, Fashion Revolution Day, seventeen Fair Wear Foundation brands opened up online and gave a unique backstage look at what they are doing to make a concrete, lasting difference in the lives of the workers who make their clothes. What a commitment of these brands to answer questions from consumers on the spot! In addition, three FWF country representatives and one FWF brand liaison also shared their unique insights into the industry. We were live for more than 9,5 hours with thousands of viewers taking part. You can watch all the videos below by clicking on each brand logo or visit our Facebook page directly.                                                     
Other videos from the Facebook live Q&A for fashion Revolution Day
Q&A with Suhasini Singh, FWF country representative for India   Q&A with Bablur Rahman and San Latt Phyu, FWF country representatives for Bangladesh and Myanmar Q&A with Hendrine Stelwagen, FWF Brand Liaison  

Five Years After Rana Plaza: We Need All Brands On Board

Five years ago today, over 1,000 garment workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed. Since then, certain responsible garment brands have made remarkable progress towards improving factory safety. However, problems are still widespread, deeply rooted and include many other labour-rights issues. We need a transformation of this industry. To make that happen, all garment brands need to take on an active role and be held accountable for what happens in their supply chains. Read the full op-ed by Margreet Vrieling, Associate Director of Fair Wear Foundation. 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

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