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

FWF works with brands that want to use that influence to make life better for the people who make their clothes. By becoming a member of Fair Wear Foundation, a company commits itself to implementing the Code of Labour Practices throughout its supply chain. Companies can join FWF in two different ways: as members or as part of the Young Designers Programme. 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.

The Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation 2016-2020

Fair Wear Foundation, CNV Internationaal, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mondiaal FNV
Goal: Improved labour conditions in garment supply chains while ensuring a healthy and viable industry.
The Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation is an innovative programme to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. The partnership aims to bring together the expertise of trade unions, NGOs, and progressive brands and factories, to ensure that all supply chain actors are engaged. It focuses on three important themes, reflecting key labour issues:
  1. LIVING WAGES: Supporting better wages while ensuring that industries remain profitable. It seems simple, but there are a lot of roadblocks that FWF and its member brands are seeking to address.
  2. GENDER EQUALITY: Ensuring that particular needs of women workers are addressed.  A widespread but underreported problem.
  3. SOCIAL DIALOGUE: Strengthening negotiation between management and workers’ representatives. It is essential for sustainable improvements in working conditions.
PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS
Together, new ideas will be tested to provide models and evidence to brands, factories, trade unions, governments and civil society organisations of how a fairer garment industry could work – and could benefit all parties. With real examples from actual garment supply chains, the Partnership aims to provide replicable solutions for the rest of the industry.  Examples of pilot projects may include social dialogue strategies and costing systems analysis.Factory floor activities will be supported by changes in the management of European garment brands, members of Fair Wear Foundation.
PILOT PROJECTS: a basis for evidence based advocacy
Local organisations will play a significant role in the development and execution of pilot projects. They will help to create real-world examples of what human rights compliance in the garment industry looks like (and costs!) to be able to be more effective advocates in dialogues with governments, garment brands and factories about how to improve conditions for workers involving the entire supply chain The five-year effort is led by Fair Wear Foundation, Dutch trade unions Mondiaal FNV and CNV Internationaal and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also includes a varied network of organisations in Europe and eight garment-producing countries in Asia and Africa: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Vietnam More information on the development of pilot projects will be available soon. Are you a FWF member? Learn more about the partnership in this FAQ  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 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

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