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June 1, 2023
Civil society joint reaction to the European Parliament report on an EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles
Today the European Parliament has sent an unequivocal signal, with 600 positive votes, that the textile industry needs to transform its practices towards true respect of social and environmental rights. With this report, the European Parliament has improved the Commission’s original proposal by showing that social and environmental aspects are two sides of the same coin. Moreover, the European Parliament acknowledges the global dimension of the industry, as well as its specific challenges related to social issues, the gender-dimension, and overproduction.
April 18, 2023
Fast Fashion Purchasing Practices in the EU. Business relations between fashion brands and suppliers
This April 2023 report by today by the Fair Trade Advocacy Office (FTAO) and based on field research undertaken by Clean Clothes Campaign Europe demonstrates the existence of unfair trading practices in the European apparel industry. Based on interviews with suppliers, experts and trade union representatives in six EU member states – Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy and Germany – the report “Fast Fashion Purchasing Practices in the EU. Business relations between fashion brands and suppliers” paints a clear picture of the volatile, risky and unbalanced trade relations between brands and manufacturers.
March 7, 2023
The GSP framework aims at promoting sustainable development in non-EU countries through a system of incentives and disincentives, linked to those countries’ compliance with human rights, including labour rights, and environmental protection standards. We urge members of the Council to reconsider and abandon the proposition to condition trade preferences for GSP beneficiary countries on their migration and readmission cooperation with the European Union (EU).
March 6, 2023
Ensuring a gender-responsive Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence legislation
On the eve of Women's Day 2023, over 140 organisations sent an open letter to European policy makers this morning calling them to ensure a gender responsive Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence legislation.
March 1, 2023
No Relief? Why clothing brands must take responsibility for worker relief payments amidst the economic crisis in Sri Lanka
This March 2023 brief by organisations in the Clean Clothes Campaign network explores factory owners' and brands' responses to the current financial crisis in Sri Lanka and especially researches the payment of the Emergency Relief Allowance meant to support workers during the crisis.
February 17, 2023
Letter to IMF to urge for debt cancellation for Sri Lanka
In February 2023, several organisations in the Clean Clothes Campaign network wrote to the International Monetary Fund to urge for debt cancellation for Sri Lanka. This followed earlier letter by Sri Lankan unions
January 12, 2023
EU Textile Strategy: civil society’s demands to MEPs
A wish list presented in January 2023 by seven civil society organisations in relation to the EU Textile Strategy.
December 7, 2022
Fashioning justice for workers in Pakistan: policy brief on the garment and textile sector in Pakistan
This policy brief aims to inform policy-makers and other stakeholders about the situation of garment and textile workers in Pakistan on the occasion of the visit of three worker representatives from Pakistan (Nasir Mansoor, Zehra Kahn and Seemi Mustafa) to Brussels, The Hague and Amsterdam in December 2022. The brief pays special attention the issues of safety in the workplace and the informatisation of labour in Pakistan.
November 17, 2022
Access to customs trade information Open CSO letter
Our organisations welcome the Commission’s plan to revise the Union Customs legislation and are looking forward to this legislative proposal. With this joint open letter, the undersigned organisations want to urge you to ensure that this upcoming reform will enable non-state actors, such as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), trade unions, academics, journalists and companies to access trade information with customs that is currently considered confidential by Member States. Existing EU legislation, such as the Timber regulation and the Conflict minerals regulation, and upcoming legislation, such as the Deforestation-free products regulation, Batteries and batteries waste regulation, Forced labour regulation and Corporate sustainability due diligence directive, aim to ensure that human rights and the environment are respected in company value chains. Stakeholder involvement plays an important role in the functioning of all these legal instruments.
November 11, 2022
Deadly safety hazards in factories supplying major international brands show the immediate need for a strong Accord Programme in Pakistan
A Clean Clothes Campaign brief that was launched today shows that deadly safety incidents and violations occur regularly in Pakistani supplier factories to major brands. These incidents highlight the immediate need for a strong expansion of the International Accord on Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry to Pakistan, as garment worker unions in Pakistan have been calling for since 2018. Every brand which has not yet signed onto the Accord, must do so immediately to protection their workers, especially brands implicated in this brief, such as Levi’s, Gap, and Kontoor brands (Lee, Wrangler).
October 20, 2022
CCC statement in support of Sri Lanka unions fighting repression
In recent months, the Sri Lankan government increased its repression amidst an economic and political crisis, sending in the army on workers protesting peacefully. Today our partners Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union together with the National Labour Advisory Council Trade union Collective are holding a members rally at the Public Library in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. CCC, Labour Behind The Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, Workers United and War on Want support the unions, who condemn the government’s disregard for the voice of trade unions and demand the Labour Ministry calls for an immediate meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council.
October 19, 2022
CCC statement on labour rights restrictions Ukraine
Clean Clothes Campaign has declared its solidarity with garment workers and all workers in Ukraine during the Russian invasion. We condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, as we do any act of aggression, invasion and war. We support every serious genuine diplomatic and political initiative, institutional and grassroot, aimed at the withdrawal of Russian troops from the occupied territories and averting the escalation of the conflict which is already seriously impacting the working class and civilian populations in Europe and beyond.
September 13, 2022
Living Wage is Possible: Struggle for living wages in Croatia (2022)
The increased interest in the subject of living wage in Croatia came in mid-2021, a new method of calculating a living wage for Croatia was presented at the round table “Europe Floor Wage – a living wage is a human right”. The round table also marked the official start of the campaign for a living wage in Croatia. The Coalition for a Living Wage was launched, bringing together several civil society organisations - Pariter, the Centre for Peace Studies, the House of Human Rights, the Base for Workers’ Initiative and Democratization (BRID), Fashion Revolution Croatia, the Centre for Education Counselling and Research (CESI), then the Regional Industrial Union and the Independent Workers' Union of Croatia.
September 13, 2022
Out of sight: Informal employment in the garment industry
The research is conducted with 62 workers and 19 small-scale employers in regions where informal employment is prevalent. The report determines the causes and consequences of informal employment, an open sore of the sector, directly referring to the experiences of workers and small enterprises on supply chains. Based on the data obtained from in-depth interviews, the report provides policy recommendations for both brands and the government. According to official sources, the rate of informal employment in the garment sector is approaching 50%. However, considering the lack of inspection observed in the research field, it is obvious that this rate must be much higher in reality.
August 25, 2022
The Intersections of Environmental and Social Impacts of the Garment Industry (2022)
This discussion paper was formulated in consultation with members and partners in the Clean Clothes Campaign network. The paper presents and contextualises known environmental impacts and impacts on climate changes and the intersections with labour rights, human rights, and social issues in the of the global garment sector. The paper aims to provide the Clean Clothes Campaign network and other stakeholders and CSOs with a summary of relevant, up-to-date information about these issues as well as typical responses from industry actors, stakeholders, and civil society. The content of the paper, and the actions outlined should be viewed as the initial steps towards formulating our position on intersections of environmental and social impacts and our goals for a just transition for the global garment industry.
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