“By addressing the structural barriers to living wages, ACT has the best chance of increasing garment workers’ wages in a way that is scalable, sustainable and enforceable.”

 

Jenny Holdcroft
Assistant General Secretary
Industriall

"To be really effective and meaningful, we need to change things across the entire industry. We can’t go one factory by one factory. We need to ensure that all workers in the garment supply chain have a living wage. Not just those who make goods for primark, or any of the other ACT members, but all workers."

Paul Lister Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary Primark

"ACT initiative brings together brands, retailers and trade unions with a joint goal; to achieve fair living wage for the workers in the textile industry. It’s a ground-breaking collaboration and the only way forward to create lasting, systemic change."

Karl-Johan Persson CEO H&M group

"We became a founding member of ACT because we have always believed that we must work collaboratively to bring sustainable improvements to working conditions and living wages in the garment supply chain. By bringing brands together through the ACT platform, we can establish the mechanisms to support collective agreements between worker and management representatives. Only through this joint work can we reach this aim."

Felix Poza Director of Sustainability INDITEX

"Making sure workers in our supply chain are paid a living wage might sound simple, but in practice it requires action and cooperation from a broad range of stakeholders. That’s why we’re proud to be a founding member of ACT – a collaboration of brands, retailers and industriall pushing for living wages. Our industry needs to find a way to remove the competitive element of labour cost and we believe industry-level wage agreements are the best way to achieve that."

Andy Long CEO Pentland Brands

"Change requires a new form of collaboration between buyers, workers and suppliers to find solutions to overcome the constant competitive downward pressure on wages and working conditions."

Frank Hoffer Executive Director ACT

"As businesses we have come to the conclusion that we also have to look internally at our own commercial practices and behaviour. This is a pillar of ACT – responsible purchasing practices."

Thomas Linemayr CEO Tchibo

"ACT is the perfect example of a successful collaboration between responsible brands and their international trade unions to pursue fair living wages in the garment industry enabling a pre-competitive approach. We are confident that the most sustainable way to address these challenges is through supporting freedom of association and industry-wide collective bargaining."

Aleix Busquets Gonzalez Head of Stakeholder Engagement C&A Global

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“By addressing the structural barriers to living wages, ACT has the best chance of increasing garment workers’ wages in a way that is scalable, sustainable and enforceable.”

 

Jenny Holdcroft
Assistant General Secretary
Industriall

"To be really effective and meaningful, we need to change things across the entire industry. We can’t go one factory by one factory. We need to ensure that all workers in the garment supply chain have a living wage. Not just those who make goods for primark, or any of the other ACT members, but all workers."

Paul Lister Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary Primark

"ACT initiative brings together brands, retailers and trade unions with a joint goal; to achieve fair living wage for the workers in the textile industry. It’s a ground-breaking collaboration and the only way forward to create lasting, systemic change."

Karl-Johan Persson CEO H&M group

"We became a founding member of ACT because we have always believed that we must work collaboratively to bring sustainable improvements to working conditions and living wages in the garment supply chain. By bringing brands together through the ACT platform, we can establish the mechanisms to support collective agreements between worker and management representatives. Only through this joint work can we reach this aim."

Felix Poza Director of Sustainability INDITEX

"Making sure workers in our supply chain are paid a living wage might sound simple, but in practice it requires action and cooperation from a broad range of stakeholders. That’s why we’re proud to be a founding member of ACT – a collaboration of brands, retailers and industriall pushing for living wages. Our industry needs to find a way to remove the competitive element of labour cost and we believe industry-level wage agreements are the best way to achieve that."

Andy Long CEO Pentland Brands

"Change requires a new form of collaboration between buyers, workers and suppliers to find solutions to overcome the constant competitive downward pressure on wages and working conditions."

Frank Hoffer Executive Director ACT

"As businesses we have come to the conclusion that we also have to look internally at our own commercial practices and behaviour. This is a pillar of ACT – responsible purchasing practices."

Thomas Linemayr CEO Tchibo

"ACT is the perfect example of a successful collaboration between responsible brands and their international trade unions to pursue fair living wages in the garment industry enabling a pre-competitive approach. We are confident that the most sustainable way to address these challenges is through supporting freedom of association and industry-wide collective bargaining."

Aleix Busquets Gonzalez Head of Stakeholder Engagement C&A Global

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ACT Memorandum of Understanding