About Fair Wear Foundation


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. FWF restricts its focus to those 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. FWF’s focus means that its staff has advanced and specialised knowledge of industry practice and trends. Focus also enables FWF to concentrate on building strong working relationships with those local and international stakeholders who, themselves, specialise in garments and textiles – a keystone for sustainable change in the industry.   Read more


at fwf we believe that enacting change in supply chains is a joint responsibility; many actors need to work together to improve working conditions

Our multi-stakeholder DNA allows us to bring different actors and groups to the table so that, together, we can come up with innovative solutions to human and labour rights issues that are present in the garment supply chains. This process approach, based on the verification of efforts by brands, and support for their work from other actors allows for effective solutions that can be scaled up. And as an independent organisation, FWF always reports transparently about the work of its members. Read more


Meet FWF's staff

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 China, India, Bangladesh 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


FWF is well aware that its multi-stakeholder efforts, alone, cannot bring about the kind of transformation needed to make lasting improvements in this global industry.

“No single entity can do it alone. Not a lone factory. Not a lone brand. Not a single trade union or business association. Not even a single multi-stakeholder initiative. Conditions in global sewing facilities can only change when these parties work together.”

 – Gerrit Ybema, FWF Chair between 2003 - 2010

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


Companies can join FWF in two different ways: as members or as part of the Young Designers Programme. There is also a factory membership pilot project.

If you have any questions about memberships, or are interested in joining, please contact info@fairwear.org Read more


This section offers answers to a selection of frequently asked questions about Fair Wear Foundation and improving working conditions in the garment industry. Read more


Fair Wear Foundation and its members appear in the press regularly. In this section, you can see the public side of FWF. If you are a member of the press and would like to know more about FWF and how it works, get in touch with Lotte Schuurman. Read more

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