To ensure sustainable production in seven selected factories in India and China, the Blutsgeschwister fashion label has entered into a development partnership with the German Development Corporation (DEG). To achieve the sustainability targets, the fashion label – working with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) – has produced a detailed analysis of the current situation in the factories, identified opportunities for improvement and taken steps to address them.
As part of this process, four suppliers in China and three in India were audited.
Following this analysis, elected employees in each factory were assigned responsibility for informing their colleagues about labour rights and representing them in dealings with the management. This formed part of an FWF Workplace Education Programme. In addition, the entire management and around a fifth of the workforce in each factory were trained in fair production standards. Knowledge of their labour rights benefits the employees of the supplier factories in a number of ways. The FWF standards improve health and safety in the workplace, and the opportunity to complain enhances employees’ rights.