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 Fair Wear Foundation. 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 members look for more than participating in auditing. FWF’s Workplace Education Programme (WEP) provides short, targeted onsite training for managers, supervisors and workers. The training aims to raise awareness about the various labour standards and effective methods for communicating about problems and resolving disputes. Managers, supervisors and workers also learn about FWF’s complaints mechanism.

Go to WEP

Factory Guide

The Factory Guide is an accessible and attractive online training tool for factory managers. The guide explains how labour standards work in practice and what to expect from FWF audits. By clarifying FWF’s vision on supply-chain relationships, complaints handling and trainings, it aims to engage factory managers in the work of FWF. Graphics, videos and quizzes add a fun factor to serious matters.

Enter the Factory Guide

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 Salewa December 2016

Final report of a complaint at a factory  in China that supplies Sa date: 06/03/2017Read more

China Complaint by KTC Ltd. about Haglöfs October 2016

Complaint by KTC Ltd. about Haglöfs Scandinavia AB - October 2016 date: 27/10/2016Read more

China Complaint Outdoor and Sports June 2016

Final report of complaint at a factory in China that supplies Outdoo date: 14/02/2017Read more

China Complaint Expresso and Mayerline May 2016

Final report of complaint in China at factoy that supplies Expresso date: 11/05/2016Read more

China Complaint Haglöfs, Kjus September 2016

Initial report of complaint at factory in China supplying Haglöfs a date: 17/11/2016Read more

China Complaint SuitSupply January 2016

Final report of complaint in China at a factory supplying FWF member date: 11/05/2016Read more

China Complaint Albiro and Haglöfs September 2015

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Albiro and H date: 15/02/2015Read more

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

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios, date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Acne Studios January 2015

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios date: 15/02/2015Read more

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

Final report of complaint in China at factory that supplies Albiro, date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Acne Studios June 2014

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Acne Studios date: 28/03/2014Read more

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

intermediate REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES date: 28/03/2014Read more

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

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Jack Wolfskin date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint blutgeschwister December 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING blutgeschwis date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint KJus November 2013

Final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES kjus date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Kwintet November 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwintet On date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint KJus October 2013

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Kjus date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Maier Sports October 2013

intermediate REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Jack Wolfskin and Vaude October 2013

INTERMEDIATE REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Hessnatur and Triaz March 2013

Intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Hessn date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Kjus January 2013

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES kjus date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Filippa K September 2012

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Filippa K On date: 01/06/2012Read more

China Complaint Kwintet June 2012 (1)

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwintet On date: 01/06/2012Read more

China Complaint Mammut April 2014

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING mammut On Ap date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Mammut and Odlo March 2010

intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Mammu date: 22/12/2011Read more

China Complaint Mammut August 2014

final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES mammu date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Mammut, Jack Wolfskin and Haglofs December 2013

FInal REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Mammut, Jack date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Mammut October 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING mammut On 2 date: 26/02/2013Read more

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

Final REPORT OF COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY THAT SUPPLIES Mammut, date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Odd Molly January 2016

Final report of complaint in China at factory supplying Odd Molly - date: 11/05/2016Read more

China Complaint Vaude May 2016

Final report of complaint in Bangladesh at factory supplying Vaude - date: 11/05/2016Read more

China Complaint Vaude December 2015

Final report of a complaint in China at a factory supplying VAUDE date: 15/02/2015Read more

China Complaint Vaude November 2015

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Vaude On 7 S date: 15/02/2015Read more

China Complaint Salewa September 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Salewa On 1 date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Suit Supply May 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Suit Supply date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Outdoor Sports March 2014

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Outdoor SPor date: 28/03/2014Read more

China Complaint Odlo October 2013

final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Odlo On 7 Oc date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Vaude September 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Vaude On 21 date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Suit Supply July 2013

Final REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Suit Supply O date: 26/02/2013Read more

China Complaint Takko November 2012

finaL REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING TAKKO In Nove date: 01/06/2012Read more

China Complaint Kwintet June 2012

Intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Kwinte date: 01/06/2012Read more

China Complaint Takko April 2012

intermediate REPORT COMPLAINT IN china AT FACTORY SUPPLYING TAKKO date: 01/06/2012Read more

China Complaint Outdoor Sports March 2014

finalINITIAL REPORT COMPLAINT IN China AT FACTORY SUPPLYING Outdoo date: 28/03/2014Read more

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