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7 Jun 2019

Tailored Wages 2019: Surveys show major global clothing brands failing to deliver on living wage commitments to garment workers

In 2019, Clean Clothes Campaign released Tailored Wages 2019, a series of reports examining whether major European brands are meeting living wage commitments in their global supply chains, based on brand responses to surveys on the outcome of their wage programmes and commitments (survey responses linked below). Overall, the reports show that while some brands are doing more than others to promote better practices, no brand can yet show that living wages are being paid to any garment worker in supply chains outside their own headquarter countries.

The reports recommend:

1. Clothing brands and companies must set public, concrete, measurable steps throughout their supply chain to ensure garment workers get paid a living wage within a reasonable timeframe, following the approach laid out in the Roadmap to a Living Wage.

2. Clothing brands and companies should negotiate and sign legally-binding, enforceable agreements with worker representatives that require the payment of significantly higher prices to suppliers, affording them the financial capacity to pay a living wage that covers the basic needs of a worker and her/his family.

The following reports in the series are linked below:

Tailored Wages UK 2019: The state of pay in the global garment industry (12 major UK brands, in addition to 20 global brands)

Tailored Wages 2019: The State of Pay in the Global Garment Industry (20 global brands)

In German: Minimum wages in the global garment industry - Company check 2019 (20 global brands, plus 25 additional brands)