Improving working conditions in your clothing supply chain


Why WellMade?

Many apparel brands have developed Corporate Social Responsibility departments, and have adapted Codes of Conduct, but still face challenges in making sustainable improvements to working conditions in their supply chains.  And many individuals working in the apparel industry know that conditions could be better in factories, but aren’t sure what they can do to help. And this is no surprise – modern supply chains are extremely complex.  Even within a single brand, decisionmaking is often decentralised across many different departments with many different specializations.  Everyone involved in bringing products to market has an influence over factory conditions – but the levels and types of influence vary enormously from brand to brand.  The relationships between businesses and human rights in international supply chains is just starting to find its way into formal design and business education.

WellMade was launched in July 2013. It is a three year project in which we will continue to update the website with cases and resources.  WellMade was developed to help provide everyone working in European clothing companies with tools to understand the major labour issues that they have influence over, and how they can support better conditions.  Our sessions will be offered at a wide range of trade fairs and professional events across Europe, and are supported by this website, which features a growing collection of case studies and resources developed by the project partners and organisations in their network. An additional section of WellMade has been launched, which is focused on procurement professionals. WellMade sessions are free for anyone attending an event where they are given, and the website content is open to the public.  No affiliation or membership with any of the partners or affiliates is required. WellMade brings together a unique group of NGOs, business associations and trade unions who are willing to share their expertise and commitment to improving labour conditions in apparel supply chains.  The views and knowledge of all three groups are needed to implement sustainable improvements for garment workers around the world.

Contact information

During WellMade’s startup phase, you can contact the organisers via Fair Wear Foundation at info@fairwear.org or +31 (0) 20 408 4255.  WellMade’s own contact system will be online very soon.

WellMade Partners

WellMade’s partners play a main role the development of WellMade’s sessions and websites. The partners would like to acknowledge the generous support of the European Commission in making WellMade possible.  This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Fair Wear Foundation

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is the lead partner in WellMade.  FWF is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers. FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands, and are based in seven European countries; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. FWF is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies. FWF is jointly governed by business associations, NGOs and trade unions, and has a long history of bringing together different stakeholder groups to make sustainable improvements for workers. http://www.fairwear.org

Christliche Initiative Romero

Christian Initiative Romero (CIR) is a German based non-governmental organization. Their work is inspired and shaped by solidarity with the people in the countries of the South. CIR was founded 1981 and since then stands up for Human and Labour Rights in the countries of Central America. The main focus lies in the support of grassroot movements and organizations in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala just as in campaign work and education in Germany. CIR supports many partners and their projects which aim at improving certain living as well as working conditions. CIR is a member of initiatives such as the international Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and part of the CorA-Network for Corporate Accountability. www.ci-romero.de

CNV Internationaal

CNV (Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond) is a federation of trade unions representing workers in a wide range of professions in the Netherlands. According to its principles of solidarity with workers worldwide CNV, through CNV International, enables national trade union organizations in developing countries to improve the situation of working women and men in their country. In addition it carries out publicity campaigns and lobbying activities in the Netherlands and in Europe in order to support and enable these improvements.CNV International’s mission is to contribute to Decent Work in developing countries by applying the CNV principles of international solidarity, individual responsibility, social dialogue and pluralism. http://www.cnvinternationaal.nl

Ethical Trading Initiative – UK

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations that work in partnership to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods – including garments. ETI brings corporate, trade union and voluntary sector members together to collectively tackle many thorny issues that cannot be addressed by individual companies working alone. Deteriorating conditions for workers around the world, exacerbated by the global economic crisis, demand radical new approaches to promoting labour rights. ETI’s strategy focuses on tackling the root causes of poor working conditions. http://www.ethicaltrade.org


The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the environment around the world.SOMO strives toward global economic development that is sustainable and fair and toward the elimination of the structural causes of poverty, environmental problems, exploitation and inequality. Through research targeted at achieving sustainable change and strengthening cooperation, SOMO seeks to offer social organisations worldwide, especially those in developing countries, the opportunity to promote sustainable alternatives and to provide a counterweight to unsustainable strategies and practices of multinational corporations. http://www.somo.nl

WellMade Associates

WellMade associates play a supporting role in developing and promoting the WellMade sessions and website.


Eine Welt Netz-NRW

The One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is a federation of people and civil society organizations and groups in North Rhine-Westphalia committed to sustainable development in global responsibility Our Network started in 1991, when several local One World Networks decided to co-operate more closely and created an umbrella association. They engage in topics such as social justice on a global scale, human rights, and worldwide solidarity. We support the local groups in various ways: our Coordinators for Development Education facilitate the exchange of experience among one world groups and organize activities together, we organize school programs in global learning, we realize campaigns for Fair Trade and Climate Protection, we send young volunteers to development projects in the Global South. www.eine-welt-netz-nrw.de

European Association of Fashion Retailers (AEDT)

AEDT is a non-profit association representing European retail enterprises specialised in fashion and footwear. There are more than 530.000 clothing and footwear retail companies in Europe. Since 1958, AEDT represents them vis-à-vis the European Institutions and aims at fostering a favourable business and legal environment. Its main activities include: represent and promote the common interests of the sector at EU level; deal with ‘fashion and footwear specific’ issues; carry out European and international projects; gather sectoral statistics and studies & facilitate the exchange of best practices. http://www.aedt.org

European Outdoor Group

The European Outdoor Group is an association set up to represent the common interests of the European outdoor industry. Originally founded in 2003 by nineteen of the world’s largest Outdoor companies, this group recognized the need for a cohesive, cross border approach to representation of the outdoor sector. The group acknowledges that we live in a world of increasing internationalism, where legislation, environment, the media and trade are all now multinational issues. The combined strength of their member brands, and a close cooperation with national outdoor associations, provides them with a powerful force to represent the European outdoor industry in a constructive and positive manner. http://www.europeanoutdoorgroup.com

International Apparel Federation

The IAF has become the world’s leading federation for apparel manufacturers, their associations, apparel retailers and the supporting industry. IAF’s membership now includes apparel associations from nearly 40 countries representing over 150,000 companies that provide products and services to the apparel industry – a membership that represents over 5 million employees. The many corporate and associate members of IAF are prominent companies or institutes in production, retailing, technology, business services, logistics, fashion fairs and education. The International Apparel Federation is a politically neutral global association, open to entrepreneurs and executives from the apparel chain worldwide. http://iafnet.eu

Fair Trade Center

Fair Trade Center is a Swedish non-governmental organisation (NGO). We have been promoting ethical trade with low-income countries since 1996. Our intention is to increase consumer and company awareness of social and environmental responsibility. Fair Trade Center is mainly working with information and research with an aim to further the debate about the consequences of international trade and thereby influence companies to take greater environmental and social responsibility and demonstrate the connection between the individual’s consumption in Sweden and the effects on the environment and social conditions in developing countries, and thereby making people more aware on how to consume responsibly. http://www.fairtradecenter.se/english

IndustriAll – Textile & Clothing

IndustriAll European Trade Union represents 7.1 million workers across supply chains in manufacturing, mining and energy sectors on the European level.  Textile & clothing is an important area of focus for IndustriAll. http://www.industriall-europe.eu/

Scandinavian Outdoor Group

The Scandinavian Outdoor Group Scandinavians with a strong outdoor heritage united in a group. Together they represent more than 1.880 years of experience in developing outdoor gear using one of the best equipped R&D labs in the world – their backyard, the Scandinavian wilderness. The Scandinavian Outdoor Group (S.O.G.) was founded in 2000 as an industry initiative to serve outdoor retailers and media in export markets. It unites well-respected outdoor gear manufacturers from all five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. http://www.scandinavianoutdoorgroup.com