Tailored wage report

Clean Clothes Campaign, in partnership with the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, set out to discover what work companies are doing to ensure workers are paid a living wage.

The Tailored Wages report, published in March 2014 was the result of a brand survey carried out by the Clean Clothes Campaign to try to get hold of the facts about who is doing what to ensure a living wage is paid to workers making our clothes.

We contacted 50 leading global clothing brands and asked them to fill in a simple survey with details about their current policies and how these translated into practice.

In a handful of cases we were pleased to notice some interesting work initiated by brands that was actually increasing real wages in workers' pockets.

However, overall, we were disappointed that progress is really still only at the trial stage, and work that is actually putting wages up is still rare. There are very few retailers who have tried to truly ingrain throughout their business work towards a living wage.

You can read the full report here

How the brands did

You can click on the headings below and read the companies full submission and our analysis.

Nothing to say: Companies who declined to respond to our survey

Armani, Asda, Benetton Group, Celio, Desigual, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Kik, Levi Strauss & Co., LPP S.A., Mexx, Replay, S.Oliver, Tod's, Vuitton

Dragging their feet: Doing next to nothing to ensure workers are paid enough to live on

Aldi, Carrefour, Charles Vögele, Decathlon, Esprit, Gucci, IC Companys, Mango, Orsay, Pimkie, Pentland, Promod, VF Corporation, Versace, WE Fashion

Could do better: Acknowledge the need for a living wage but doing little to make it a reality

Asics, Bestseller, C&A, Gap, G-Star, Lidl, New Balance, Nike, Next, Takko Fashion, Tesco

Some effort: Mention of work on living wages, but unconvincing so far

Adidas Group, H&M, Primark, Puma, New Look

On the way: Work started to increase wages, but not enough yet

Inditex, Marks & Spencer, Switcher, Tchibo

Right to reply: Reactions from retailers across Europe.

Since it’s publication in March 2014, Tailored Wages has drawn a number of responses from the retailers profiled and we felt it was important to give a space to note these positive steps in policy and strategy development.

We have published the responses we have received from brands and you can read them below. 

What brands are saying:

  • Bestseller - Danish brand Bestseller have disclosed their supply chain make up and agreed to meet with Clean Clothes Campaign to discuss how they develop their work in this area - read more.
  • G-Star - Dutch brand G-Star have updated their code of conduct. Their code now says "Wages should always be enough to cover the basic needs and also should provide some discretionary income."- read more
  • Gucci - the Italian brand have been in dialogue with the Clean Clothes Campaign in Italy and the Italian unions working in its supply chain about the living wage concept in a European context. Some work on this is in the pipeline. Gucci also made a full statement in response to our report. It is available here. 
  • H&M - the Swedish brand H&M gave a full press statement in response to our report. We have also written a full statement back. See here for more details
  • Mexx although the retailer did not respond to our survey we have now found further details - read more.
  • WE - Dutch retailer WE have informed us since the publication of Tailored Wages that they have adopted a ‘wage ladder’ tool to assess wages in their supply chain - read more.