“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” Mahatma Gandhi
Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day (2007 UN Human Development Report)
What is a living wage?
“The evidence is that the legal minimum wage is insufficient, even to cover the needs of a single worker” (Labour Behind the Label) LBL defines a living wage as one that enables workers and their dependants to meet their needs for nutritious food and clean water, shelter, clothes, education, health care and transport, as well as allowing for a discretionary income.
Labour Behind the Label produce an annual “Lets Clean up Fashion” report on the labour standards of high st fashion retailers.
The World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO, formerly IFAT) aims to improve livelihoods through Fair Trade. WFTO’s global network includes many fashion and textile producers working to fair trade standards. Find a fair trade supplier by searching WFTO membership database online
“In the fashion world there are very few who challenge the system. People Tree is one of them.” George Monbiot, journalist and activist.
People Tree works with more than 50 fair trade groups in 15 countries. Learn about PeopleTree’s action plan, how it supports the communities behind its products, and the impacts it has had by reading People Tree’s Social Review.
Africa Inspires, a programme of the International Trade Centre, links African designers and communities to international fashion businesses.
Resources on empowering the people behind fashion and creating sustainable livelihoods