Day 2: Transparency
It’s day 2 of your challenge! Well done on completing your first day!
I hope you’ve found an interesting way to mix and match your items today… we look forward to seeing your photos.
On that note, make sure you’re posting about your progress on your social media accounts… and don’t be afraid to ask for sponsorship. You never know how many of your friends and family are willing to support your stand for ending worker exploitation and modern slavery.
TIP: Don’t know what to say? Copy and paste a sample post from our blog here.
Today’s topic is TRANSPARENCY!
Our prayer is that this takes you deeper in your understanding of the global fashion industry and gives you the ability to speak even more confidently about the role we as consumers can play in ending exploitation.
Transparency demonstrates a company’s willingness to be accountable to consumers, civil society, and workers. It involves the sharing of information such as supplier lists that also include business names and addresses.
When a company is open and transparent with this information, consumers can have the confidence of knowing who makes their clothes. It makes it possible for journalists, NGOs, workers and unions to verify that the claims companies make about their labour rights systems are accurate. And it makes it easier for these groups to collaborate, to ensure that worker rights are upheld.
So… how is the global fashion industry tracking?
Since the publication of the first Ethical Fashion Report in 2013, the number of companies publishing full supplier lists has grown every year. Today, the number is more than double what it was in 2013. Despite significant progress, there is still a long way to go. Transparency is still very much an ongoing challenge in the global fashion industry.
The Christina Jessica diaries.
We met Christina Jessica when we visited Tamil Nadu, a state in Southern India. Tamil Nadu is at the heart of India’s textile production and Christina Jessica’s experience is one shared by thousands of girls just like her in this region. Today, Christina Jessica continues her story about her life as a worker in the global fashion supply chain.
“My mother could not work. So, it was really out of desperation that I left school and took the job that the labour broker offered. I was to be spinning fabric that would later be used for making clothes. Clothes made in other countries that I’d probably never visit and worn by people I’d likely never meet.
But the wage the labour broker promised would be enough to keep my family afloat… and so my decision was made.
I had no reason not to trust what he said. Or so I thought.
Now I know… that decision changed my life forever.”
Challenge yourself to go deeper still.
Have you ever run a clothes swap? This is a fun and simple way to involve your friends from church, your office, or your community group in standing against worker exploitation. It’s a great way to start the conversation about where our clothes are made… as well as a wonderful fundraising opportunity! Invite to your clothes swap and ask that they make a small donation to participate! Why not consider organising one for a small group this weekend… or in the next couple of weeks to celebrate the end of your Ethical Fashion Challenge? Order your guide to organising your clothes swap, here: baptistworldaid.org.au/action/clothes-swap-guide/