Each member enterprise is required progressively to integrate all its suppliers into the process.
The mission of the Fair Wear Foundation is to improve working conditions within the textile industry. It collaborates with its member enterprises and ensures they improve their efforts to provide better working conditions.
The textile industry is one of the sectors in which non-compliance with employment regulations, in particular concerning child labour and the flouting of certain human rights, is widespread. The Fair Wear Foundation intends to combat this problem by offering a programme to businesses which can prove their willingness to observe its employment code, which itself incorporates the principles of the international labour standards promulgated by the ILO and the Declaration of Human Rights. Key points are the absence of employment (hiring) discrimination, compliance with contractual legal standards and prohibition of child labour.
Due to the special features of each organisation (complexity of the production chains, location and size of the business, initial situation), FWF is deliberately opting for a programme to improve working conditions. Each member enterprise is required progressively to integrate all its suppliers, to identify key points and to draw up action plans to remedy deficiencies. Throughout the process, the role of the FWF will be to monitor undertakings by carrying out audits on the sites of its members and their suppliers. The goal is not simply to inspect, but to assist partners gradually to incorporate the FWF employment code into their activities and management system. The audit is therefore performed on several levels: the management, the shareholders, and, of course, the factories and workshops, with the establishment of a complaints procedure as an additional protective net for employees.