The new attitudes towards ethics
Paying low wages when we at the same time send money to many struggling economies to alliviate our bad conscience just doesn't make sense. A much better strategy is to pay a fair price for our products to ensure these economies become sustainable.
Labor rights, human rights, and ethical conduct in theapparel industry has been at the forefront of public concern for decades. Common issues include: fair wage payment (including minimum, living or decent wages), age of workers, hours worked per week (including excessive overtime), freedom of association and collective bargaining, poor worker-management communication, worker harassment, discrimination, occupational health and safety, and community impacts. While many companies are working aggressively to promote labor rights and ethics in their supply chain, problems persist. While supplier monitoring is a first step for many companies, there remains a fundamental need for aligning expectations between companies and their suppliers, and investing in training and capability building across the industry value chain to drive long-term sustainable development.
We believe the apparel industry should provide economic opportunities, build sustainable communities, and help stimulate economic growth. Through strategic market entry strategies, investments in supplier development, and uncompromising commitment to high labor and ethical standards, the apparel industry advances global progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.