Human Rights In Fashion

Unfair pay

Not every country has a legal minimum wage. For those that do, it is important to remember that a minimum wage is not the same as a living wage nor is it always enforceable. Monthly minimum wages in chief manufacturing countries range from $26 a month in Ethiopia to $340 a month in Turkey. According to the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, businesses have a duty to ensure living wages are paid regardless of an individual nation’s law. This means that fashion brands must take responsibility for the wages of garment manufacturers at every stage of their supply chains.

In 2019, a report found that 85 per cent of brands made a commitment to living wages, but none could provide a clear outline of how they followed through with this commitment down their supply chains.

NYU Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights

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