While the clothing manufacturing sector plays an important economic role in Asian countries, working conditions associated with the industry are far from fair. This was further exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when many retail brands reduced or cancelled orders, which in turn led to many workers not being paid their full salaries, or being laid off. According to a recent investigation into wage conditions of garment workers in Asia, on average the monthly basic wage of a garment worker was as low as 95 U.S. dollars in Bangladesh. The same study also revealed that since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, there were more than 700,000 job losses among garment workers in India.
Suppliers of fashion retailers
Despite social and ethical issues surrounding apparel sourcing, many well-known fast fashion companies outsource their manufacturing to overseas factories, with China, again, being the leading location of factories brands such as Inditex Group or H&M use. Over the years, initiatives coming from the fashion industry to make it more transparent and ethical succeeded in making many brands disclose their supply chain relations. Based on the amount of information they provide as to their supply chain practices and policies, many brands have already been identified as making sufficient efforts. But consumers still think fashion brands could do more when it comes to publishing more information about wages and working conditions in their supply chain. Similarly, the impact of the industry on societies and the environment has become something that consumers pay more attention to. More than seven in ten consumers in major European economies agreed it was important for brands to make their social and environmental policies publicly available.
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