About Fair Wear Foundation

Our Vision

At Fair Wear Foundation, we know there’s a better way to make clothes. A fairer way.

We want to see a world where the garment industry supports workers in realising their rights to safe, dignified, properly paid employment. This is why we focus on the most labour intensive parts of the supply chain, to find answers to problems others think are unsolvable.

We partner with brands and support workers. We take practical steps and test new solutions to show that it’s possible to make clothes in a fairer way. With other industry influencers, we push towards a new normal - creating change that goes far beyond our reach.

Together, we’re making fashion fair for everyone

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Who we are

At Fair Wear Foundation, we work to create a garment industry that is fair for everyone.

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a non-profit organisation that works with garment brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments to improve working conditions for garment workers in 11 production countries across Asia, Europe and Africa.

Our 130 member brands are showing that there is a fairer way to make clothes. They are using their influence to create change. Together, we’re tackling problems that others think are unsolvable. But we also want to create change beyond our members’ supply chains. That’s why we’re also sharing replicable solutions with the rest of the industry. We provide evidence to other brands and industry influencers of what a fairer garment industry could look like.

Together we’re creating a new normal for the garment industry. Click here to learn more about what it means to be an FWF brand.

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What we do

Brand Performance Checks

Every year, we conduct a Brand Performance Check at all FWF member companies. It’s the most important element of FWF’s unique ‘shared responsibility’ approach. Traditional efforts to improve conditions focus primarily on the factory. We believe, however, that the management/purchasing decisions of clothing brands have an enormous influence on factory conditions. In other words, factory conditions cannot be separated from brands’ business practices.

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Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) membership is the beginning of a journey in which brands make step-by-step improvements that lead to real and sustainable solutions. We collaborate with brands that are determined to find a fairer way to make their clothes.

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FWF’s multi-stakeholder structure and approach was brought to life by a strong belief in the power of cooperation. It is only through cooperation – at all levels of the industry – that industry-wide improvements can be realised.

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With headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and representation in Germany, FWF is represented in the main areas where its members are. The organisation also has staff in India, Bangladesh and Turkey, as well as a diverse group of auditors and complaints handlers that work in the countries where FWF is active. Read more


In The News

Below you find a selection of articles about the work of Fair Wear Foundation. For any press enquiries please contact: Lotte Schuurman or call +31 (0)6 53 76 79 08 Read more


Improving working conditions at garment factories is a complex process, and it raises many questions. Here is a selections of the questions FWF often gets asked. They range from questions about the organisation, to supply chain examples, and how members can communicate their membership. We hope that you find the information you need here below. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us. Read more

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