Global garment companies failing to deliver on living wage promises to workers, study finds

phys.org | 1/21/2019 | Staff
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Global garment companies are failing to meet living wage promises to workers, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Sheffield today (30 May 2019).

]Global garment companies are failing to meet living wage promises to workers, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Sheffield today (30 May 2019).

Experts - Step-change - Approach - Corporations - Nike

The experts said it would take a "step-change in approach" for major corporations including Nike, Primark and Adidas to pay wages that "meet the basic needs" of workers and their families.

Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013, the industry has faced growing pressure to raise wages and improve working conditions from consumers, civil society, unions and governments.

Decade - Corporations - Commitments - Living - Wages

Over the last decade, leading global corporations have made commitments to deliver living wages to the workers who make their clothes.

But an investigation by researchers at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield found that many companies do not have concrete, measurable action plans for achieving a living wage in their global supply chains, or benchmarks for calculating living wage rates.

Researchers - Commitments - Actions - World - Garment

The researchers investigated the commitments and actions of 20 of the world's leading garment companies (full list below). Of those, 17 are members of initiatives that profess a commitment to living wages.

Just three companies have a supplier code of conduct that requires workers to be paid wages that meet the Clean Clothes Campaign's definition of a living wage. H&M, C&A and G-Star RAW promise to cover the basic needs of workers and their families, provide some discretionary income and specify that this wage should be earned within a normal working week.

Study - Lack - Transparency - Wages - Workers

The study found that a lack of transparency around the wages workers receive makes it extremely difficult to evaluate companies' progress towards meeting their own living wage promises.

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