A REAL ISSUE
Around 260 million children are in employment around the world, according to the International Labour Organisation. Of them, the ILO estimates that 170 million are engaged in child labour, defined by the UN as “work for which the child is either too young – work done below the required minimum age – or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is altogether considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited”. A big part of this 260 million children work in the fashion supply chain.
FASHION IS ONE OF THE MAIN PROMOTERS OF MODERN SLAVERY
The Global Slavery Index's 2018 report, published by the Walk Free Foundation, states that $127.7 billion worth of garments at risk of including modern slavery in their supply chain are imported annually by G20 countries, a group of nations which account for 80 percent of world trade. These imports help underwrite a global economy that trapped 40.3 million people in modern slavery in 2016, 71 percent of whom were women.
THE RANA PLAZA COLLAPSE
We could talk thosands of hours about this tragic event, but we think this video explains it better. If you want to know more, watch the documentary The True Cost (available on Netflix).