Swiss clothing brands are failing to meet global standards on transparency & living wages in their global supply chains, analysis finds

Author: swissinfo.ch, Published on: 23 September 2019

"Swiss fashion brands slow to ensure living wage", 19 September 2019

...The latest analysis by civil society shows Swiss firms are not meeting global standards on transparency and a living wage.

Of the 19 Swiss brands evaluated by...Public Eye, only...Nile confirms that at least some of the workers in its supply chain are paid a living wage...Nile is also the only company that has set a deadline for the payment of a living wage to all workers...

...despite commitments made by several brands...none of the 45 companies have ensured all workers making their clothes receive a living wage. Just one other company besides Nile has such a guarantee for at least some workers. Some 60% of companies have indicated a public commitment to ensure a living wage...

...Many big brands have stepped up efforts on transparency...Only two Swiss brands...Remi and Workfashion, publish a list of all production sites, number of suppliers and workers, as well as ownership structure.

Public Eye spokesperson Géraldine Viret told swissinfo.ch that “progress has been made in terms of supply chain transparency...but most Swiss companies are lagging behind...And for almost all the companies surveyed, there is no transparency on the salaries paid by suppliers”...

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