Top brands failing to ensure living wage

September 17, 2007

Some of the biggest fashion brands in the high street do not do enough to ensure the overseas workers who make their clothes are lifted out of poverty, a report published today claims.

The study, by the charity War on Want and the anti-sweatshop coalition Labour Behind the Label, has identified Matalan and Mothercare, two companies featured in a Guardian investigation into the pay and conditions of workers in Bangalore, India, as among the “worst offenders”.

It claims that they are failing to accept the need for overseas garment workers to be paid a “living wage” by their suppliers, that they have no information available on pay levels, and that they failed to respond to questions put to them by the report’s authors.

Today’s report, Let’s Clean Up Fashion, launched on the eve of London fashion week, criticises retailers including Marks & Spencer, Tesco and H&M, for what it claims is their “unambitious” and “disappointing” approach to improving the wages of those who make their clothes.

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