Who we are

ACT is an agreement between 20 global brands and IndustriALL Global Union in pursuit of living wages for workers in textile and garment supply chains.

We believe that collective bargaining at industry level, enabled by freedom of association and responsible purchasing practices, is the most realistic pathway to making an impact on wages.

Read the ACT Info Brief

Members

All ACT members are committed to working together to help transform the way wages and working conditions are currently set in the global garment, textile and footwear sector. Securing living wages requires real commitment.

Membership criteria

Members list

Click here to see a full text list of our current members including additional brands and labels of corporate signatories.

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IndustriALL Global Union and Corporate Signatories of ACT

What is a living wage?

A living wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet the basic needs of himself/herself and his/her family, including some discretionary income. This should be earned during legal working hour limits (i.e. without overtime).

There are different concepts of living wages and the proposed figures vary considerably. There is a broad consensus though that current wages in most garment producing countries are well below any meaningful understanding of living wage. 

Meet the team

Bea Ruoff

Head of Operations, Accountability and Monitoring ACT

Bea Ruoff has published several articles about her research on labour market development and inequality, wage setting and global value chains and has designed and managed multi-stakeholder research projects at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

David Cichon

Interim Head of Programmes

David Cichon has a background in sociology and political science with a research focus on industrial relations in global value chains. He completed his doctoral thesis on wage setting in Cambodia’s garment and footwear industry.

Tandiwe Gross

Senior Programme Manager, ACT

Tandiwe Gross joined the team in June 2018. She has a background in political science, law and labour policies, and has worked for the ILO in the field of online capacity building and technical advice on due diligence. More recently she served in the ILO Liaison Office in Myanmar.

James Dunlop

International Communications Manager

James has a background in communication strategy and public policy with a particular focus on wages and the global garment industry. An avid storyteller, James has supported civil society, government and private sector groups to use communication strategies to secure better outcomes for workers and communities.

Sophia MacRae-Tod

Project Manager

Sophia comes from a client-facing background with experience in global project management, serving corporates to non-profits. Her focus at ACT will be centred on enhancing member engagement and success as well as enabling ACT to thrive through the monitoring and evaluation of ACT-wide commitments.

Board Members

Christina Erika Hajagos-Clausen

Director, Textile and Garment Industry, IndustriALL Global Union

Kaiesha Gibson

Corporate Responsibility Manager, Pentland Brands

Memorandum of understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding – signed between member companies and IndustriALL – is the basis for the cooperation between ACT members, outlining the commitments necessary to establish freedom of association, collective bargaining and living wages within global supply chains.

 

ACT Member Commitments include: 

Brands will… 

  • work to ensure that purchasing practices support long-term partnerships with manufacturers 
  • ensure that purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage 
  • exchange necessary information regarding strategic supplier factories with IndustriALL. 

 

Brands and IndustriALL will …

  • design strategies on how to proactively promote freedom of association 
  • provide capacity building on freedom of association and collective bargaining 
  • advocate that industrywide collective agreements be registered and legally enforceable under national laws 
  • make joint approaches to governments in support of higher minimum wage outcomes 
  • work with factories and IndustriALL – affiliated unions in priority countries to bring them together to negotiate towards a living wage.