There are many ways to do good in the world. Charities and governments spend substantial resources trying to better the plight of the world’s poor, but they are dwarfed by the power of the global economy.
The world’s largest humanitarian organization, the United Nations World Food Program, spends approximately $4 Billion annually to alleviate hunger around the world, provided by governments and private donors.
The United States of America is the most generous foreign aid donor in the world, budgeting (p.63 includes a detailed breakdown) $21 Billion annually on non-military foreign assistance and operating expenses.
The clothing industry in the United States alone generates $284 Billion in revenue annually and the global garment industry employs an estimated 75 million people. So the question FairWear asks is, “What would happen if we put a priority on ensuring that the millions of people who generate that revenue got a fair cut in return for their labor?”
We are hoping to build a community, and a marketplace for clothing companies who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the people manufacturing their clothing are paid fair wages, treated with respect, and given a safe place to work.
Clothing has the power to provide dignity to a person, both those who wear it as well as those who make it.