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.

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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.

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.

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. 

Priority countries

ACT is operating in three key garment producing countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, Türkiye.

ACT selected these initial countries on the basis of sizable garment production with considerable presence of ACT member brands and the potential for trade unions to engage in collective bargaining at industry level. In the past, ACT has also extensively worked in Myanmar.

Meet the team

Mira Neumaier

Executive Director

Mira brings extensive industrial relations and international Collective Bargaining experience to the Secretariat. Prior to joining ACT Mira Neumaier was Vice-President at the Civil Aviation Section of the European Transport Workers Federation, International Transport Workers Federation and served as Head of the National Civil Aviation and Maritime Section of a general services union. Mira has a background in economics, labor law and sociology.

Bea Ruoff

Head of Operations, Accountability and Monitoring

Bea Ruoff has a background in economics and business administration. Prior to joining ACT she has designed and managed multi-stakeholder research projects at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and was a researcher and teacher with a focus on labour market development and inequality, wage setting and global production networks.

David Cichon

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

Head of access to remedy and due diligence | Manager country programmes

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.

David O'Connell

Grievance Mechanism Coordinator

David O’Connell has a background in political science, social science and labour policies. David is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kassel, exploring questions of employee ownership, microeconomics, and labour strategy.

Michelle Lowe

Administration Officer

Board Members

Christina Erika Hajagos-Clausen

Director, Textile and Garment Industry, IndustriALL Global Union

Atle Høie

General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union

Johan Genneby

Area Lead, Global Sustainability, H&M Group

Frances Goodwin