Founded in response to the collapse of the Rana Plaza Factory in April 2013, Fashion Revolution envisions a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity, and profit in equal measure. It is a global movement that unites people and organisations around the world to work towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced, consumed, and disposed of. With the belief that collaborating across the supply chain – from farmer to consumer – is the only way to do so, Fashion Revolution is leading the way to a world in which all our clothing is made in a safe, clean, and fair way.
The Ethical Fashion Forum is the industry body for sustainable fashion, representing over 10 000 members in more than 100 countries. It aims to develop a collaborative movement, which will transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry within a decade. It intends to do so by supporting and promoting sustainable practices, facilitating partnerships, raising awareness, and providing the tools and resources needed to reduce poverty and environmental damage.
Poverty has a female face. There are over a billion people living in extreme poverty; most of them are women and girls. A significant portion of these women and girls work as a crucial, yet severely exploited body of the global fashion supply chain. The Circle was thus founded by Annie Lennox to inspire and connect these women by creating a space where they can come together to share experiences, harness their skills, draw on their resources, influence and bring about lasting change.
The garment industry turns over almost $3 Trillion a year. Yet garment workers, 80% of them women, work for poverty pay and are forced to endure labour and human rights abuses that systemic throughout the industry. Labour Behind the Label is a campaign that works to empower these workers and improve their conditions by raising public awareness and putting pressure on both consumers and companies to push for change and take responsibility for workers’ rights throughout the entirety of the supply chain.
The Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. They work with a global network of partners to educate and mobilise consumers, lobby companies and governments, and offer direct solidarity support to workers as they fight for their rights and demand better working conditions.
At the core of the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is the belief that we all depend on the natural environment for our livelihoods and well-being, and that environmental security is a basic human right. For millions of people around the world however, environmental degradation means hunger, poverty, and vulnerability. EJF works with, and for, those on the frontlines of environmental destruction to investigate, document, and expose environmental and human rights abuses to secure lasting global change in our four campaign areas: oceans, climate, pesticide, and cotton.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens. In addition to this, PAN supports projects with partners across the globe to demonstrate the effectiveness of organic and low input production as a means of providing farmers with economically viable, and environmentally sound livelihoods.
War on Want partners with grassroots social movements, trade unions, and workers’ organisations all around the world to empower people to fight for their own rights, ultimately to achieve their vision of a just world. Some of the issues they are involved in championing are: workers’ rights; economic justice and corporate accountability; justice for Palestine; land, conflict and resources; and food sovereignty.
The oldest human rights organisation in the world, Anti-Slavery has over 175 years of experience in successfully combatting slavery around the world. It has been involved in the development of all major laws against slavery, including the UN 1926 and 1956 Conventions and numerous other laws that put slavery in the legal framework as it stands today. Modern slavery is a complex and ever-changing problem. Anti-Slavery works at both the structural and grassroots levels to change policy and practice, to foster behavioural change, and create new social norms to enable abused and exploited people to claim their human rights.
The People Tree Foundation works alongside People Tree and the Fair Trade Company to bring benefits to an even greater number of farmers and artisans through scaling up training, technical support and environmental initiatives, and through raising awareness and campaigning for fair and sustainable fashion.
Founded in New Delhi in 2006, Samarpan Foundation works to provide global support and assistance of any kind where there is humanitarian, ecological, environmental, and animal welfare need. It is a community of outward-focused volunteers, guided by the principle of doing what needs to be done to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. A significant portion of the organisation focuses on providing some of Delhi’s most vulnerable women with the means to empower themselves both financially and socially. This is achieved through adult literacy classes, and stitching and embroidery skills training courses – upon graduation of which, the women are offered the chance to work in Samarpan’s fair trade manufacturing centre.
SOKO was set up in 2009 to provide the fashion industry with a manufacturing unit with social and environmental issues at the heart of its business. It’s goal has always been to prove that it is possible to run a self-sustaining manufacturing business whilst paying fair wages, proving needed social services, providing a pleasant place of work, and a commitment to limit its environmental impact. SOKO’s Community Trust was set up in 2013 to provide people with the practical skills needed to see sustainable improvements in their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. Its projects include: a stitching academy; a hub for graduates of the academy to receive career development support and mentoring; and a travelling financial and health support and training programme.