UK: War on Want report says fashion retailers failing to ensure a living wage for workers in their supply chain

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14 September 2007

Top fashion brands accused over failure to ensure living wage [UK]

Author: Karen McVeigh, Guardian [UK]

Some of the biggest fashion brands in the high street…are failing to accept the need for overseas garment workers to be paid a "living wage" by their suppliers…a report published [by War on Want and Labour Behind the Label] claims…Gap, New Look and Next are named as retailers with "genuine plans" to address the need for better wages...[article includes response statements by Mothercare, Matalan, Arcadia, M&S, Tesco, H&M. Also refers to Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Evans, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins]

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14 September 2007

[PDF] full report: "Let's Clean Up Fashion"

Author: Labour Behind the Label, War on Want

Last year, Labour Behind the Label and our partners interrogated the biggest fashion brands and retailers on the high street to find out what they were doing to improve wages for the workers in their supply chains… We have returned to each of the companies profiled, one year later, giving them the chance to update us on the progress they had made…For detailed company responses...please contact Labour Behind the Label: email [email protected] or visit www.cleanupfashion.co.uk...In this update, we focus on living wages…Time and time again we see that poverty wages, long working hours and bad working conditions are the rule, not the exception, no matter which high street retailers we buy from... The worst offenders: Bhs [part of Arcadia], Diesel, House of Fraser, Kookaï [part of Vivarte Group], Matalan, MK One, Moss Bros, Mothercare, Peacocks/Bon Marche [part of Peacock Group], River Island, Rohan Designs, Ted Baker… Nothing to show: French Connection, Laura Ashley, Mosaic Fashions… The new starters: Arcadia, Jigsaw [part of Robinson Webster Holdings], Primark… Disappointingly slow: Debenhams, Asda [part of Wal-Mart], H&M, John Lewis, Levi’s, M&S, Monsoon, Pentland, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, TJ Maxx [part of TJX], Zara [part of Inditex]… Going up a gear?: Gap, New Look, Next...

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1 September 2007

Let's clean up fashion - companies

Author: Compiled by Labour Behind the Label

[Company submissions to "Let's Clean Up Fashion 2007 Update": Arcadia, Asda, Debenhams, French Connection, Gap, H&M, Jigsaw [part of Robinson Webster Holdings], John Lewis, Laura Ashley, Levi Strauss, Madison Hosiery, Marks & Spencer, Matalan, Monsoon, Mosaic Fashion, New Look, Next, Pentland, Primark, Sainsbury, Tesco, TK Maxx (part of TJX), William Lamb, Zara.
Companies that did not make submissions to the report: Bhs, Diesel, House of Fraser, Kookaï (part of Vivarte Group), Matalan, MK One, Moss Bros, Mothercare, Peacocks/Bon Marche (part of Peacock Group), River Island, Rohan Designs, Ted Baker.]

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