4 Fashion Activism Groups to Know About and Join
Supporting activist organisations can be as simple as signing an online petition, sharing campaign updates on social media, helping to fund-raise or making a small donation.
Clean Clothes Campaign
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is a global network dedicated to improving working conditions and empowering workers globally in the clothing industry. Since 1989, CCC has worked to ensure that the fundamental rights of workers are respected. They address issues such as poverty wages, unsafe workplaces, bad contracts and job security, unclear supply chains, waste and pollution, worker rights violations, gender discrimination, exploitation of migrants, union busting and weak, voluntary efforts by brands.
With Headquarters in the United Kingdom and affiliates in more than one hundred countries, this huge open-source activist movement collaborates with artists and activists to raise public awareness and educate people about the systemic challenges facing the global fashion industry. By providing a platform that enables more visibility and fewer barriers between consumers and brands, Fashion Revolution inspires people to consume less, value quality and take better care of their clothes.
Labour Behind the Label
The garment industry turns over almost USD$3 trillion a year, yet garment workers overall work for poverty pay, earning as little as $21 a month. Human rights abuses are systemic throughout the textile and clothing industry. Poverty wages, long hours, forced overtime, unsafe working conditions, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, repression of trade union rights and short term contracts are all commonplace in the clothing industry. It is an industry built on exploitation and growing under a lack of transparency that makes holding brands accountable difficult. Anti-sweatshop campaign, Labour Behind The Label, works directly with garment workers around the world to improve their working conditions.
Since 2012, this global environmental justice organisation has addressed the use of harmful chemicals within the fashion industry through their ‘Detox’ campaign. The textiles industry is a major user of toxic chemicals and industrial polluter of rivers and oceans worldwide. This campaign inspires manufacturers of clothing to clean up their supply chain to protect freshwater from pollution.