Fair fashion petition launched

Clothing manufacturers should ensure that the textiles they use are produced under fair conditions, says a Swiss non-governmental organisation.

This content was published on April 23, 2008

The Declaration of Berne launched an online petition on Wednesday calling on manufacturers to implement the norms of the "Clean Clothes Campaign" that promotes the interests of workers in the garment industry.

"Child labour, low pay and inhuman working conditions characterise the textile industry," the organisation said.

The petition also wants more fair trade and organically produced garments to be offered for sale, and calls on manufacturers to adapt their policies on pricing and supply to environmental and social norms.

It calls on them to join the independent monitoring body Fair Wear Foundation and ensure that they do not produce misleading reports about their ethical credentials.

The petition, which hopes to gather 20,000 signatures, will be sent to the 50 biggest clothing companies in Switzerland.

"Consumers want to be able to buy clothes that respect human dignity and the environment," the organisation said.

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