What Fair Wear Foundation?
Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a textile certification created by the independent international organization of the same name, founded in 1999 in the Netherlands.
He mainly deals with the social aspect of textile production, working alongside industries, companies, fashion brands, voluntary associations and major influencers, with the aim of improving working conditions in underdeveloped countries, those in which the most part of our garments.
We are therefore talking about a textile certification that promotes the ethical fashion, such as certification SA8000, also embracing some values of the fair trade dictated by certifications such as Equo Garantito e FairTrade.
The foundation has around 130 member brands, and they are constantly growing, all committed to finding a more ethical way to produce clothes.
The fashion brands that adhere to the project of Fair Wear Foundation they can use the FWF logo in their products, thus ensuring consumers purchase more ethical products.
At the base of the collaborations between Fair Wear Foundation and the companies that apply for this certification, there is what they call the code of working practices. This code of ethics consists of 8 standard derived from the conventions of the International Labor Organization, and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.
The code of ethics of Fair Wear Foundation it is therefore based on internationally recognized standards and focuses in particular on the processes of sewing, cutting, spinning, therefore the most demanding parts of the production chain, those that are still carried out manually.
Fair Wear Foundation is in direct contact with factories, trade unions, NGOs and national governments, to find answers to problems that others consider unsolvable: nuove solutions to make fashion more ethics.
Certification Standard of Fair Wear Foundation
"At Fair Wear Foundation we know there is a better way to make clothes. We want to see a world where the apparel industry supports workers' rights by creating safe, decent and adequately paid employment. "
However praiseworthy these words are, and the commitment that goes into them Fair Wear Foundation puts us on this mission, it is important to underline that under various aspects we are talking about self-certification, with all the limits that this can have in the field: it is often easy for “less praiseworthy” companies to circumvent these rules.
However, it remains a valid alternative when we have to buy products made outside the European Union, especially thanks to its Certification Standards:
- The workers have freely chosen the job.
- There is no discrimination in the workplace.
- Child labor is not exploited.
- There is freedom of association for trade union purposes.
- Fair wages are paid.
- Working hours are sustainable.
- The working conditions are safe and healthy.
- Employment contracts are legal and give certainty to the worker.
Where does the Fair Wear Foundation
La Fair Wear Foundation is an international organization that works closely with local communities. Teams of "trainers" are located in different countries, but each of them refers to the headquarters in the Netherlands.
In particular, they are present in the countries most at risk from a social point of view, where discrimination and exploitation are on the agenda:
All countries where thefashion industry, especially the large distribution chains, draw on "cheap labor". In these countries the FWF it helps workers as if it were a union, talking to brands or companies, looking for solutions to improve working conditions within the company.
Fair Wear Foundation for Companies
Are you a producer? You want to get certified Fair Wear Foundation and apply the FWF logo on your products? Then you have to contact the certifying body: Fair Wear Foundation
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