Top fashion brands still not keeping promise of
fair wages, say British researchers
Several activists voiced their concern on Thursday about the failure
of major fashion brands to live up to the promise they made to
provide fair living wage for garment workers.
Elucidating on the same, the researchers from UK’s Sheffield
University said that many garment firms do not even have plans for
calculating living wages in their global supply chains. They said
what makes this more worrying is that most of these companies have
signed commitments to provide better pay to workers.
The Clean Clothes Campaign says in its report that a fair living
wage should help the workers cover the expenses from food and
housing rent to medical care in addition to allowing modest savings.
The Sheffield University researchers highlighted in their report
that except H&M, C&A and G-Star RAW, none of the top fashion brands
have committed to providing the defined fair living wage.
The report also said that even the efforts put in by the
aforementioned brands have not so far yielded any higher earnings
for workers, especially those working in remote factories.
“There is very less evidence that every corporate commitment to
living wages is translating into meaningful changes,” substantiated
Genevieve LeBaron, Politics Professor, Sheffield University.
The researchers expressed shock and said that there was still lot of
confusion and inconsistency among firms over the definition of