EU Sources - The garment value chain and labour standards - February 28, 2017

The livestreamed conference ‘Sustainability efforts in the garment value chain’ aimed to shed light on several questions. Only 22% of garments are produced in Europe, meaning that the remaining 78% are produced in countries such as China, Bangladesh, Turkey and India. Major fashion brands decide to delocalise their production to the global south to take advantage of the cheap labour force and weak monitoring of the respect of fundamental labour standards. In this context, experts highlighted two main elements: 1) fashion brands are not too concerned about what goes on in the supply chain and are not very amenable to initiatives aimed at improving transparency; 2) the lack of awareness among consumers.  

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