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UK: Report finds no major brand can show living wages are paid to garment workers in its global supply chain, despite commitments

Author: Anna Bryher, Labour Behind the Label, Published on: 13 June 2019

"Tailored Wages UK 2019: The state of pay in the global garment industry", June 2019

... Tailored Wages UK 2019, looks at 32 top brands to see who is taking action to address poverty pay for the people who make our clothes. It found that whilst brands said they had a commitment to ensuring wages were enough to support workers’ basic needs, no major clothing brand is able to show that any workers making their clothing in Asia, Africa, Central America or Eastern Europe are paid enough to escape the poverty trap...

We contacted 32 leading brands, covering luxury, sportswear, fast fashion, and online retail sectors, to find out if a living wage was being delivered. We found 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 worker in supply chains outside their own headquarter countries. 84% of brands had made some sort of commitment to wages being enough to meet workers’ basic needs, but very few were following through on this commitment in any measurable way. Only 8 brands had benchmarks for example to measure if wages were enough, and had any way of checking if this level was covered in prices paid to suppliers...

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