Fair Wear Foundation has launched the Factory Guide, a new online training tool developed with the support of the Swiss NGO Brot für alle.
An interactive graphic showing how a safe building can still house a lethal factory; a quiz on gender discrimination; video interviews on overtime, harassment and wages: the Factory Guide aims to engage factory managers in the work of FWF and its members, and contribute to stronger partnerships between garment factories and their customers.
Expanded and attractive
The Factory Guide is part of FWF’s Workplace Education Programme (WEP) and complements the management trainings that FWF provides in factories. ‘FWF works closely with garment brands. They inform their suppliers about FWF at the start of their membership. The Factory Guide is an expanded, more accessible and attractive way to do this’, FWF’s Sophie Koers explains. ‘Graphics, videos and quizzes add a fun factor to serious matters.’
The Factory Guide elaborates on FWF’s vision that brands and factories share the responsibility for improving working conditions. Koers: ‘Often, brand practices inhibit improvements on the work floor, but factories do not have the tools to raise these issues with their customers. Good Practice examples in the Factory Guide will help factory managers to work with their customers on better communication. For example: how can brands and factories work effectively together on reducing excessive overtime?’
The guide explains how labour standards work in practice and what to expect from FWF’s audits. It also clarifies FWF’s vision on supply chain relationships, complaints handling and trainings.
FWF member brands send invitations to garment factories to participate in the guide, but it doesn’t stop there. The brands will receive regular updates about the progress that’s made by their suppliers in working through the guide’s topics. While going through the Factory Guide, managers have the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts about issues related to labour standards, both with brands and with FWF.