China

China is, still, the largest exporter of garment products. 2014 witnessed a gradual economic global recovery as well as an increase of labour costs domestically. Therefore, as an industry that relies on intensive labour, the garment industry suffered more than other Chinese industries. Despite this, China’s garment exports to the EU and the US rose by 14.8% and 8%, respectively and with an export value of 186 billion in 2014 is still of vital importance to the Chinese economy.

China remains the largest supplier country for Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), with 735 active factories in 2015, supplying 50 members. Chinese factories account for approximately 60-70% of the total purchasing volume of all FWF members.

In 2015, around 80 audits were conducted by FWF teams in China. FWF members source mainly from key industrial areas such as the Pearl River Delta, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui and Fujian. FWF auditors put great effort into convincing factory managers to be transparent and show true working hour and wage records. Thirty-one WEP trainings were organized to create more awareness about labour rights and about the complaint hotline among management and workers.

Excessive overtime is widespread due to labour shortages and high pressure on delivery times. Workers rely heavily on wages earned during overtime hours and are normally paid piece rates.

For questions about FWF’s work in China, please contact Niki Janssen. Country studies and other materials are available upon request.

FWF activities in China

  • In January 2014 a Workplace Education Programme Round Table was held in Shenzhen, to evaluate the training.
  • Since 2012, FWF has dealt with 51 complaints in the country.

Indicators

  1. FWF active since: 2005
  2. Complaints handler: yes
  3. Audit teams: 2
  4. FWF members sourcing: 54
  5. Number of suppliers: 936
  6. Human development rank: 91
  7. Minimum wage: every city has its own legal minimum wage, it ranges from 1100 RMB in Hubei province to 2030 in Shanghai.
  8. GDP per capita per year(PPP$): 10 771
  9. Income equality value (Gini): 42.1
  10. Population below 1.25$/day: 11.8 %
  11. Global Gender Gap Index: 87
  12. Child labour (5-15 years): --
  13. Trade union situation: there is an All-China Federation of Trade Unions.

Members in China

Projects

Projects in China

Workplace Education Programme

FWF’s Workplace Education Programme (WEP) aims to move companies beyond auditing and corrective action, and towards collaborative workplaces, where issues are raised and resolved through open communication.

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Factory Guide

The Factory Guide is an online training tool that addresses several areas including building safety, gender discrimination, and video interviews on overtime, harassment and wages. The Factory Guide aims to engage factory managers in the work of FWF and its members.

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Resources

Here below you see a list of all complaints logged in China at factories where current FWF members have production, since 2012

China Complaint by KTC Ltd. about Haglöfs October 2016

Complaint by KTC Ltd. about Haglöfs Scandinavia AB - October 2016 The complain Read more

China Complaint Expresso and Mayerline May 2016

Final report of complaint in China at factoy that supplies Expresso and Mayerlin Read more

China Complaint Haglöfs, Kjus September 2016

Initial report of complaint at factory in China supplying Haglöfs and Kjus On Read more

China Complaint SuitSupply January 2016

Final report of complaint in China at a factory supplying FWF member Suit Supply Read more

China Complaint Albiro and Haglöfs September 2015

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Albiro and Haglöffs In Read more

China Complaint Acne Studios, Jack Wolfskin, Kjus, Odlo, Schoeffel and Vaude March 2015

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios, Jack Wolfsk Read more

China Complaint Acne Studios January 2015

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios The compla Read more

China Complaint Albiro, Haglofs, Jack Wolfskin, Schöffel, Vaude July 2014

Final report of complaint in China at factory that supplies Albiro, Haglöfs, Ja Read more

China Complaint Acne Studios June 2014

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios On 20 June Read more

China Complaint Jack Wolfskin, Vaude, Schoeffel and Haglöfs March 2014

intermediate REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Jack Wolfsk Read more

China Complaint Jack Wolfskin, Vaude and J. Lindeberg December 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Jack Wolfskin, Vaude and Read more

China Complaint blutgeschwister December 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING blutgeschwister On 30 D Read more

China Complaint KJus November 2013

Final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES kjus On 24 Novem Read more

China Complaint Kwintet November 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwintet On 7 November 2 Read more

China Complaint KJus October 2013

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Kjus On 25 Septem Read more

China Complaint Maier Sports October 2013

intermediate REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Maier Sport Read more

China Complaint Jack Wolfskin and Vaude October 2013

INTERMEDIATE REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Jack Wolfski Read more

China Complaint Hessnatur and Triaz March 2013

Intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Hessnatur and Tri Read more

China Complaint Kjus January 2013

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES kjus On 25 Janua Read more

China Complaint Filippa K September 2012

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Filippa K On 26 Septembe Read more

China Complaint Kwintet June 2012 (1)

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwintet On June 14 2012 Read more

China Complaint Mammut April 2014

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING mammut On April 11 a com Read more

China Complaint Mammut and Odlo March 2010

intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Mammut and odlo Read more

China Complaint Mammut August 2014

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES mammut On 27 Aug Read more

China Complaint Mammut, Jack Wolfskin and Haglofs December 2013

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Mammut, Jack Wolfskin and Read more

China Complaint Mammut October 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING mammut On 26 November a Read more

China Complaint Mammut, Jack Wolfskin and Haglofs June and July 2014

Final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Mammut, Jack Wolfsk Read more

China Complaint Odd Molly January 2016

Final report of complaint in China at factory supplying Odd Molly - January 2016 Read more

China Complaint Vaude May 2016

Final report of complaint in Bangladesh at factory supplying Vaude - May 2016 A Read more

China Complaint Vaude December 2015

 Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Vaude In August 2015, Read more

China Complaint Vaude November 2015

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Vaude On 7 September, a Read more

China Complaint Salewa September 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Salewa On 18 September Read more

China Complaint Suit Supply May 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Suit Supply On 16 May F Read more

China Complaint Outdoor Sports March 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Outdoor SPorts On 9 Mar Read more

China Complaint Odlo October 2013

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Odlo On 7 October 2013 F Read more

China Complaint Vaude September 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Vaude On 21 September 2 Read more

China Complaint Suit Supply July 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Suit Supply On 20 July 20 Read more

China Complaint Takko November 2012

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING TAKKO In November 2012 th Read more

China Complaint Kwintet June 2012

Intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwintet After an Read more

China Complaint Takko April 2012

intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING TAKKO In May, FWF Read more

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FWF around the world

Most of FWF's work is focused on four priority countries: Bangladesh, China, India and Turkey. Around 80% of FWF member production comes from these four countries.

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FWF member brand sources in country

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Albania

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Fair Wear is not active in Albania

4 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Albania

Algeria

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Fair Wear is not active in Algeria

1 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Algeria

Argentina

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Fair Wear is not active in Argentina

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Argentina

Austria

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Fair Wear is not active in Austria

8 factories work with FWF members

6 FWF members source in Austria

Bangladesh

FWF's 2014 country plan for Bangladesh can be downloaded here. The ... more

Fair Wear is active in Bangladesh

205 factories work with FWF members

17 FWF members source in Bangladesh

29 complaints

1 FWF projects

Belarus

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Fair Wear is not active in Belarus

2 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Belarus

Belgium

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Fair Wear is not active in Belgium

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Belgium

Bolivia

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Fair Wear is not active in Bolivia

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Fair Wear is not active in Bosnia and Herzegovina

10 factories work with FWF members

7 FWF members source in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

The predominant part of the apparel producing companies in Bulgaria... more

Fair Wear is active in Bulgaria

30 factories work with FWF members

13 FWF members source in Bulgaria

1 complaints

1 FWF projects

Cambodia

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Fair Wear is not active in Cambodia

11 factories work with FWF members

6 FWF members source in Cambodia

China

China is, still, the largest exporter of garment products. 2014 wit... more

Fair Wear is active in China

726 factories work with FWF members

56 FWF members source in China

52 complaints

2 FWF projects

Croatia

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Fair Wear is not active in Croatia

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Croatia

Czech Republic

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Fair Wear is not active in Czech Republic

14 factories work with FWF members

7 FWF members source in Czech Republic

Egypt

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Fair Wear is not active in Egypt

2 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Egypt

Estonia

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Fair Wear is not active in Estonia

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Estonia

Ethiopia

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Fair Wear is not active in Ethiopia

1 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Ethiopia

Fiji

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Fair Wear is not active in Fiji

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Fiji

France

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Fair Wear is not active in France

20 factories work with FWF members

4 FWF members source in France

Germany

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Fair Wear is not active in Germany

50 factories work with FWF members

17 FWF members source in Germany

1 complaints

Greece

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Fair Wear is not active in Greece

2 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Greece

Hong Kong

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Fair Wear is not active in Hong Kong

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Hong Kong

Hungary

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Fair Wear is not active in Hungary

21 factories work with FWF members

13 FWF members source in Hungary

India

The textile and garment industry plays an important role in India... more

Fair Wear is active in India

206 factories work with FWF members

36 FWF members source in India

33 complaints

Indonesia

Indonesia’s manufacturing sector generates around a fifth of the ... more

Fair Wear is active in Indonesia

24 factories work with FWF members

10 FWF members source in Indonesia

1 complaints

Israel

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Fair Wear is not active in Israel

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Israel

Italy

ITALY While considered a low risk country, in the past few years w... more

Fair Wear is not active in Italy

150 factories work with FWF members

20 FWF members source in Italy

2 complaints

Jamaica

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Fair Wear is not active in Jamaica

2 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Jamaica

1 complaints

Jordan

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Fair Wear is not active in Jordan

2 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Jordan

Lao People´s Democratic Republic

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Fair Wear is not active in Lao People´s Democratic Republic

6 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Lao People´s Democratic Republic

Latvia

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Fair Wear is not active in Latvia

7 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Latvia

Lithuania

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Fair Wear is not active in Lithuania

52 factories work with FWF members

15 FWF members source in Lithuania

Macedonia

FWF began working in Macedonia in 2003. The garment industry is a v... more

Fair Wear is active in Macedonia

30 factories work with FWF members

10 FWF members source in Macedonia

2 complaints

Madagascar

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Fair Wear is not active in Madagascar

2 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Madagascar

Malaysia

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Fair Wear is not active in Malaysia

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Malaysia

Moldova

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Fair Wear is not active in Moldova

7 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Moldova

Mongolia

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Fair Wear is not active in Mongolia

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Mongolia

Morocco

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Fair Wear is not active in Morocco

11 factories work with FWF members

10 FWF members source in Morocco

1 complaints

Myanmar

While Myanmar has demonstrated significant progress on civil and po... more

Fair Wear is active in Myanmar

18 factories work with FWF members

11 FWF members source in Myanmar

5 complaints

1 FWF projects

Nepal

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Fair Wear is not active in Nepal

2 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Nepal

Netherlands

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Fair Wear is not active in Netherlands

15 factories work with FWF members

10 FWF members source in Netherlands

2 complaints

New Zealand

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Fair Wear is not active in New Zealand

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in New Zealand

Pakistan

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Fair Wear is not active in Pakistan

32 factories work with FWF members

12 FWF members source in Pakistan

1 complaints

Peru

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Fair Wear is not active in Peru

15 factories work with FWF members

4 FWF members source in Peru

Philippines

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Fair Wear is not active in Philippines

1 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in Philippines

Poland

Poland falls under FWF’s low-risk policy. This means that members... more

Fair Wear is not active in Poland

50 factories work with FWF members

23 FWF members source in Poland

Portugal

Portugal falls under FWF’s low-risk policy. This means that membe... more

Fair Wear is not active in Portugal

138 factories work with FWF members

34 FWF members source in Portugal

Republic of Korea

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Fair Wear is not active in Republic of Korea

5 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Republic of Korea

Romania

The textile and garment industry is one of the most important secto... more

Fair Wear is active in Romania

55 factories work with FWF members

20 FWF members source in Romania

2 complaints

Russian Federation

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Fair Wear is not active in Russian Federation

1 factories work with FWF members

1 FWF members source in Russian Federation

Serbia

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Fair Wear is not active in Serbia

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Serbia

Slovakia

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Fair Wear is not active in Slovakia

18 factories work with FWF members

6 FWF members source in Slovakia

Slovenia

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Fair Wear is not active in Slovenia

4 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in Slovenia

Spain

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Fair Wear is not active in Spain

8 factories work with FWF members

6 FWF members source in Spain

Sri Lanka

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Fair Wear is not active in Sri Lanka

4 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Sri Lanka

Sweden

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Fair Wear is not active in Sweden

5 factories work with FWF members

4 FWF members source in Sweden

Switzerland

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Fair Wear is not active in Switzerland

8 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Switzerland

Taiwan

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Fair Wear is not active in Taiwan

4 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Taiwan

Thailand

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Fair Wear is not active in Thailand

10 factories work with FWF members

5 FWF members source in Thailand

1 complaints

Tunisia

Tunisia is among the world’s leading suppliers of clothing, an in... more

Fair Wear is active in Tunisia

56 factories work with FWF members

14 FWF members source in Tunisia

5 complaints

Turkey

Turkey is the fifth biggest supplier country for FWF members. Produ... more

Fair Wear is active in Turkey

155 factories work with FWF members

38 FWF members source in Turkey

30 complaints

1 FWF projects

Ukraine

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Fair Wear is not active in Ukraine

9 factories work with FWF members

7 FWF members source in Ukraine

1 complaints

United Arab Emirates

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Fair Wear is not active in United Arab Emirates

3 factories work with FWF members

3 FWF members source in United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

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Fair Wear is not active in United Kingdom

4 factories work with FWF members

4 FWF members source in United Kingdom

United States

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Fair Wear is not active in United States

3 factories work with FWF members

2 FWF members source in United States

Vietnam

Garment and textile is the second biggest exporting industry in Vie... more

Fair Wear is active in Vietnam

107 factories work with FWF members

20 FWF members source in Vietnam

7 complaints