Who made your clothes? What’s the real cost?
Last week I met Nicola Round of Labour Behind the Label, a fantastic small campaigning group based in Bristol. We were both presenting at the USW’s ethical business conference. Labour behind the Label exposes and works to take action to help change the poor conditions of garment makers across the globe. We live in a world of fast fashion, we all love a bargain but at what cost?
Take a look at their website to gain a better understanding of who might have made your clothes and how. One of the case studies they shared was the daily wage of a woman in Cambodia- presented as £3.60. After daily essential living costs were taken into account she was left with just 31p. They present a great formula for a fair living wage that can be applied globally.
Also speaking was Mick Antoniw AM, Counsel General, Welsh Government. He spoke of the ethical employment bill and code of practice they are implementing within their supply chain. Pleased to hear that diversity and equality will remain high on the agenda here in Wales post Brexit.
I was presenting as founder of Shift Makers CIC. We are on the road to creating a ‘conscious clothing label’ where the makers are upskilled women from across the UK. It’s an ambitious project but, as a team, we are inspired and committed to creating positive social change through business.