About Fair Wear Foundation

What is FWF?

Fair Wear Foundation works with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and sometimes governments to verify and improve workplace conditions 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

Our approach

There is no single solution for workplace injustice. There are many and at FWF we find that solutions work best when combined. Poor labour conditions can only be solved through multi-faceted solutions. The FWF approach brings together the key components needed for sustainable change. It means companies work step-by-step to improve conditions in their supply chains. It also means cooperation among a slew of stakeholders, and accountability among all of us. When fully executed, the FWF approach means results. Read more

Membership

WHO CAN JOIN?

Fair Wear Foundation (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

The 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,Indonesia, Myanmar and Turkey, as well as a diverse group of auditors and complaints handlers that work in the countries where FWF is active. Here you can meet the Netherlands and Germany staff. At the bottom of the page you can also see the latest vacancies. 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

FWF Annual Conference

  Thank you for being part of FWF’s 2017 Annual Conference, From niche to norm, on 10 November 2017. Your active participation ensured the success of the day! Two hundred participants got inspired by keynote speakers Laura Hunter, Katharine Hamnett, and Hans Docter, who encouraged brands and stakeholders to tell their story, be transparent and send out a positive message about their sustainability work Read more

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