FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION
The Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit multistakeholder organisation that aims to improve labour conditions in garment factories. With their 140 members they strive to develop practical solutions and show how progress can be made by advocating for the rights of garment workers internationally and regionally across garment production countries via engagement with factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments.
By providing members with baseline resources such as a Code of Labour practices and training, implementing brand performance checks, factory audits, providing training and running a complaint helpline, Fair Wear is developing a fair fashion norm.
The Fair Wear Foundation Brand Performance Check, conducted at all Fair Wear Foundation membercompanies, is an independent assessment of how far human rights due diligence is integrated within core business practices.
It includes comprehensive audits in factories and meticulously evaluates each member brand’s purchasing practices, risk analysis, remediation efforts, and complaints handling.
This year, FWF raised the bar by adapting its assessment grid for its BPC to align with the new HRDD protocol (based on the OECD guidelines for responsible business conduct). This revised framework considers policies, risk assessment, prevention and remediation measures, complaints handling, and reporting.
Despite these heightened evaluation criteria, we’re very proud that B&C has once again emerged as a ‘’Leader Brand’’, for the second consecutive year!Fair Wear Foundation website
We are committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as Better Cotton, In Conversion cotton and Organic cotton by 2024.
We are committed to improving cotton farming practices globally with Better Cotton. Better Cotton’s mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. Through its implementing partners, Better Cotton trains farmers to use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing.
Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products, however, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source.’Better Cotton website
In a context of complex supply chains, companies are expected to improve visibility over their production and to drive improvements across their supply chains wherever applicable. The amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an industry-driven movement enabling companies to improve social performance in their supply chains. For this, amfori BSCI conducts audits to assess workplace standards across the global supply chain and ensure that all suppliers are treating workers ethically and legally.amfori BSCI website
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation that works closely with their members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards, and responsible supply networks. Textile Exchange identifies and shares best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.Textile exchange website