Ethical clothes = decent work: Enhancing informed consumer choices

Enhancing ethical and informed choices

Project or report lab
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
13:30 to 14:45

Low pay and dangerous working conditions continue to dominate the global garment industry, with nine out of 10 women and girls, who comprise about 75 % of its workforce, paid less than a living wage. Enhancing the transparency of complex value chains, with up to 15 distinct stages between the production of raw materials and the consumer buying a finished garment, is key to shifting the corporate secrecy about conditions in overseas factories. This requires mapping intricate value chains and establishing a standard range of information about every factory involved in manufacturing. This will enable informed consumer choices for more ethically sourced clothing. Participants will debate concrete solutions that build on industry good practices and create a fairer way to stock the world’s garment shops.

Organised by


Francesca Romana Rinaldi
Bocconi University
Maria Teresa Pisani
Acting Head Sustainable Trade and Outreach Unit
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Joseph Wozniak
Head, Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD)
International Trade Centre
Ivo Spauwen
senior technical specialist
International Labour Organization
Chloé Allio
Head of Sector for Investment Climate, Trade and Sustainable Value Chains, Private Sector and Trade unit
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Heinz Zeller
Principal Sustainability
Aleix Busquets Gonzalez
Global Head of Externa Stakeholder Engagement- Sustainability
Marjeta Jager
Deputy Director-General
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Olga Algayerova
Under-Secretary-General & Executive Secretary
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Ben Vanpeperstraete
Clean Clothes Campaign