Social & Labor Justice

Social & Labor Justice

People are constantly threatened with the loss of their job. Human rights violations are the norm. Workers face the possibility of death on the job. This is all made possible since developing countries are desperate for the business that multinational apparel companies bring (Morgan 2015). The constant threat that these brands will relocate to other locations with lower operating costs allows governments to hold down wages and working conditions for workers. These companies do not own the factories, so they are therefore able to avoid accountability.

It boils down to accountability. It falls on these fashion brands to work with manufacturers to demand fair, accountable, and transparent operations along the supply chain. Which they refuse to do, even though fashion is a $2.5 trillion global industry (JEC 2019). The financial resources are present to initiate equitable changes in the system, so why are our fellow humans still being subjugated to this treatment? Treat every human like a HUMAN. They are not machines. They are not disposable. Each and every one of their lives matters.



Social justice and fashion are directly intertwined, both in the statements that are made on the runway and the daily operational practices that fashion industries engage in. When one thinks of fashion, the most immediate thought is the clothes that are made and presented. However, these clothes are only the cover of the story. When we open the book, we are able to find the hidden layers and chapters that bring to light the social and environmental justice issues surrounding the manufacture, sale, and disposal of clothing within the fashion industry.

by Jenny Lee, SFSFWI Blog