Fair Working Conditions
Fair and healthy working conditions to support the preservation of human dignity.
How do we pay attention to good working conditions?
At cen., tolerance and respect for people come first. That is why we pay attention to human rights, healthy working conditions and fair payment. We stand up for the rights of culture keepers we have chosen and help them to preserve their cultural assets. We also ensure that our cooperation partners and our own employees can provide their services for us under good working conditions. Fair payment for the work performed is a matter of course. By creating good working conditions, we want to shape a more ethical and sustainable fashion and textile industry.
Why do we pay attention to good working conditions?
Many well-known companies in the fashion and textile industry have their clothes produced cheaply in third world countries where people have few or hardly any rights and environmental regulations are rarely or never observed. Reports about starvation wages, forced labour, collapsed textile factories and the production of highly toxic clothing are becoming more and more frequent in the media and concretely endanger the existence of many workers in these countries. Fatal consequences that are the result of the fast fashion industry and fast fashion consumption.
To guarantee fair and human working conditions, cen. follows the code of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit organisation that campaigns for more justice in the fashion and textile industry. In more detail, this codex relies on the following eight key measures: limitation of working hours, free choice of workplace, no exploitative child labour, no discrimination in employment, legally binding employment contract, safe and healthy working conditions, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, payment of a living wage.
The following 5 reasons summarise why it is so important for us to guarantee good working conditions:
Supporting the preservation of human dignity.
Enabling our production workers to secure their livelihoods.
Promoting our cooperation partners in their professional talents.
Becoming active to make a difference.
Enabling supply chain workers to have solidary relationships.
by Viktoria Heinzel
Braumüller, J., Jäckle, V. & Lorenzen, N. (2019). Fashion Changers. Knesebeck Von Dem GmbH.