Together we can make the changes necessary to transform an industry that is, in many cases, dangerous to garment workers and hazardous to both consumers and the environment. The Behind the Seams initiative build bridges between the global fashion industry in the developed world and the garment industry producing the clothes in the developing countries.
We guide producers in how to keep on the straight and narrow seam when producing in the developing countries. We also help consumers make informed decisions regarding ethical purchases by raising awareness about the environmental and social consequences of the fashion industry and by giving them access to a peek behind the seams.
There should be no mystery as to who makes your clothes: Transparency is the first step to transform the industry. But today the reality of a brand being able to control all aspects and impacts of its supply chain is a goal rather than a reality.
The harsh conditions in which many workers in the developing countries perform their jobs have been qualified as “slave labour” by The European Parliament*. Despite repeated warnings from watchdog NGOs, the topic tends only to reach world media when major and deadly accidents occur. The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in 2013, killing more than 1,130 garment workers in Bangladesh, shocked the world.
However, the shock subsided quickly and major changes are still necessary to transform an industry that is, in many cases, dangerous to garment workers and hazardous to both consumers and the environment. Help us spreading attention by sharing our film spot.
Interviews: Listen to an ever growing selection of interviews with prominent experts on the key consequences of the garment industry in the developing countries such as Bangladesh.