This week is Fashion Revolution Week. It marks eight years since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh where 1,138 people were killed while manufacturing clothing for many of the world's biggest labels. It also marks a year since the coronavirus pandemic plunged the apparel industry into crisis, with fashion's essential workers increasingly used as collateral while brands pushed for cheaper, more flexible supply chains.
This Fashion Revolution Week, workers from around the world have joined together to define the dangers and inequity baked into the industry, and to demand safety and protection in their jobs. Our clothing should not cost lives.
The below film — part of the #PayHer campaign — features testimonials by garment workers around the world, speaking to issues such as unsafe working conditions, a dramatic decline in wages, and job insecurity.
Watch the full video below.
The campaign aims to highlight the work being done through the PayUp Fashion coalition, including the 7 Actions it is demanding from 40 brands: honor contracts with factories, protect the women who make our clothes, become more transparent about processes and wages, give workers center stage when it comes to their rights, implement legally-binding contracts that put workers first, pay liveable wages, and support corporate reform.
The way big brands function has a huge impact on labor rights and human rights violations globally. In the past, brands have operated largely unregulated in the global south, leading to industrial accidents, sweatshop scandals, and widespread incidents of gender-based violence. By now, we've learned that we need legally enforceable rules to truly hold brands accountable for what happens in their factories.
The below information is taken directly from Remake.
Four key ways you can help, too.
- Sign the PayUp Fashion Petition: each time someone signs the petition, an email is sent to over 200 fashion executives letting them know that person is petitioning their brand and wants to see change.
- Donate to the Emergency Garment Worker Relief fund: last year we were able to raise over $150k for garment workers worldwide with 100% of donations going toward providing garment workers with emergency food and medical relief.
- Be Curious and Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up: challenge your favorite brands how much do the lowest paid workers in your supply chain make? What are factory conditions like? How much do you pay factories for this article of clothing?
- Shop Sustainable Brands: check our Remake’s Sustainable Brand Directory to discover new brands and see how some of your favorite brands are tackling environmental waste and treating the people who make their clothes.