JOIN US AS WE DEMAND FAST FASHION BRANDS IMMEDIATELY PAY 2% OF THEIR ANNUAL SOURCING TO HELP EASE THE HARMFUL IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON GARMENT SUPPLY CHAIN WORKERS — MOST OF WHOM ARE WOMEN.
In the face of COVID-19, all global garment brands immediately canceled or postponed orders leaving tens of millions of workers to lose wages due to layoffs or suspension of work. May 1st, 2020 marks more than five weeks since 40 million garment workers in fast fashion supply chains — mostly women — have been left to face a severe humanitarian crisis leading to food, housing, education and healthcare insecurity.
Government and corporate responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic have exposed structural inequalities created by supply chain models of production. Within the fast fashion industry — consumer apparel, footwear and home good textile — the pandemic revealed how current supply chain models widen inequality and create a race to the bottom for workers, small suppliers, and the governments of countries that rely on garment production as a major private sector export sector. As workers, suppliers, and brands work together to rebuild supply chain capacity in the fast fashion sector, we must create a new era of supply chains where brands and their investors are held accountable for responsible business practices that fundamentally shift the imbalance of power and massive inequalities that have long plagued the global fashion industry.
It’s time for fast fashion brands to value people over profit. Join us by urging brands to ensure workers in the global garment supply chain have subsistence wage replacements to provide food, shelter, and healthcare for themselves and their families.
All Eyes on Fast Fashion — New Rules for a New Era of Supply Chains is Global Labor Justice’s web-based tool to redefine the rules for global supply chains to create living wage jobs and transform how corporate accountability is defined and enforced in the global garment supply chain. As workers, suppliers, and brands work together to rebuild supply chain capacity in the fast fashion sector, we must create a new era of supply chains where brands and their investors are held accountable for responsible business practices that fundamentally shift the imbalance of power and massive inequalities that have long plagued the global fashion industry.
All Eyes on Fast Fashion kicks off with a demand to fifteen major fast fashion brands for a Supply Chain Relief Contribution equal to sixty days of income paid to workers through the suppliers who directly employ them. GLJ has written to ask fifteen major fast fashion brands to pay 2% of their annual sourcing towards immediate relief for supply chain workers, developed by our partner, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance. The SRC is a relief contribution and in no way substitutes brands’ existing and ongoing supply chain obligations to pay for orders given and produced, to not cancel orders, to not seek discounts in an already under-costed supply chain, and to act accountability in relation to any future cases of downsizing, retrenchment and closure.
As we move towards a new reality, all eyes will be on the fast fashion industry — and we will continue to push for systemic change to create a new era where exploitation is abolished and all workers on the global garment supply chain are paid a living wage, their right to freedom of association is respected, and workplaces are free from gender based violence and harassment to ensure justice for all workers in the global economy.