Introducing The COVID Fashion Commitments


In the global fashion supply chain, COVID has significantly magnified longstanding concerns around wages, worker health and safety, and labour rights. And that means the daily risks faced by the garment workers who make our clothes have massively increased.

This is why we have developed the COVID Fashion Commitments: six straightforward commitments for fashion brands in Australia to make to the workers in their supply chains – and for us as consumers to call on them to deliver.

The COVID Fashion Commitments

In light of the devastating impact of COVID on garment workers, we commit to working together to do all we can to:

1. Support Workers’ Wages By Honouring Supplier Commitments

2. Identify And Support The Workers At Greatest Risk

3. Listen To The Voices And Experience Of Workers

4. Ensure Workers’ Rights And Safety Are Respected

5. Collaborate With Others To Protect Vulnerable Workers

6. Build back better for workers and the world

For further explanation of each Commitment, see below.

These commitments are aligned with the International Labour Organisation’s Call to Action, and calls from other civil society groups.



Take A Deep Dive Into The COVID Fashion Commitments


The fashion brands you buy from rely on a web of suppliers to cut and sew the clothing, produce the fabric, and grow the raw materials. At each step in this chain, workers are reliant on the global fashion industry for their income. The further back we go in this supply chain, the more hidden these workers are – and the greater the risk that their employers and governments won’t have the resources, or the will, to support them through COVID.

The steps that fashion companies take now – for better or worse – will have a ripple effect through their entire supply chains. Our shared goal to protect workers and improve their working conditions has never been more important.

Baptist World Aid’s response is the COVID Fashion Commitments.

In the face of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on garment workers,
we commit to working together to do all we can to:




Special COVID Edition Ethical Fashion Fashion Report

Baptist World Aid has also published a special edition of the Ethical Fashion Report that assessed the way individual companies and the industry have actively stood with workers during COVID, and the efforts they started making to ensure their post-COVID business practices are more focussed on the wellbeing of workers and the world.


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