In 2022, Fair Wear published our new employment is freely chosen policy and brand guidance.

Forced labour falls under the Fair Wear Code of Labour Practices (CoLP), which all Fair Wear member brands and their suppliers must sign up to, and which states that employment should be freely chosen. This forbids the use of forced labour, including bonded or prison labour. Concerning forced labour, all standards apply equally, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status

The policy and guidance should be read together in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Fair Wear Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDD).

You can read the policy and guidance here.