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[PDF] Let's Clean Up Fashion 2008

Author: Labour Behind the Label, Published on: 12 September 2008

… This is the third time that Labour Behind the Label has surveyed the state of pay behind the British fashion scene, and in three years we have seen definite progress, not only in rhetoric but in the beginnings of tangible work on the ground. The establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group at the Ethical Trading Initiative is one clear milestone…But the pace is still glacial…No brand or retailer is paying its workers a living wage, or has even put in place a systematic approach to do so. But over half the retailers that responded to our survey were able to cite specific actual or planned projects that were aimed at raising workers' wages. Here is how the high street breaks down: Nothing to say at all: Alexon, Bhs, Ethel Austin, MK One [part of Baugur], Peacocks, Stylo… No work to speak of on living wages: Burberry [part of GUS], Clarks, Debenhams, French Connection, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Levi Strauss & Co, Matalan, Mosaic Fashions, River Island [part of Lewis Trust]… Mention of work on living wages, but unconvincing so far: Sainsbury's, Asda, Primark, Arcadia, Tesco… Work to increase wages, but not enough yet: M&S, Gap, Monsoon Accessorize, New Look, Next…[for detailed company responses please contact [email protected]]

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Related companies: Alexon Arcadia Group ASDA (part of Walmart) BHS Burberry Clarks Debenhams Ethel Austin French Connection Gap House of Fraser John Lewis (part of John Lewis Partnership) John Lewis Partnership Laura Ashley Levi Strauss Marks & Spencer Matalan MK One (part of Baugur) Monsoon Accessorize Mosaic Fashions New Look Next Peacocks (part of EWM Group) Primark (part of Associated British Foods) River Island (part of Lewis Trust) Sainsbury's Tesco Topshop (part of Arcadia) Walmart