Wage Justice Must Be Part of the Sustainable Fashion Agenda

Credit: Clean Clothes Campaign

Today sees the beginning of the 2020 Copenhagen Fashion Summit, “The leading business event on sustainability in fashion”, that is running as an online event this year and will “bring to life stories that champion the intersection of fashion and sustainability along with the people and perspectives driving our industry forward”.

But one key set of people and perspectives are noticeably missing – the workers who make our clothes. The invisible (dare we say, ‘disposable’) workforce who make the large-scale profits possible, the ones bearing the brunt of Covid-19 and the years of unsustainable practices that brought us to this point, yet again have no seat at the table – are given no voice in “global fashion agenda” discussions.

Clean Clothes Campaign are responding to this injustice with a social media takeover – calling on the brands to #PayUp for orders, to sign the wage assurance pledge, and to make living wages a top sustainability priority.

Covid-19 has shown us, once and for all, that the old way was unsustainable; that poverty wages leave workers even more vulnerable and in crisis when the unexpected hits. If brands are truly committed to a sustainable agenda, they will make wages just as much a priority as environmental issues. It is our conviction that the two go hand in hand – that attending to the “green agenda” whilst ignoring the glaring injustice of poverty wages is disingenuous and short-sighted. We need equal measures that seek to save the planet and value all the people who live – and work – upon it.

You can read up on CCCs campaign and take action now:

The Circle continues to advocate for a living wage for garment workers. To find out more about this project, click here.