Fashion, whether you are a fan or not, is a large part of the average consumers lives with the fashion industry estimated to contribute over £20m to the gross domestic product. This is a higher contribution to the GDP than car manufacturing and publishing. In countries that are less developed than the UK the garment and textile industry is thought to be great entry-level industries for citizens.
These industries are thought to help create new jobs while attracting investment from foreign investors therefore helping to lead to the development and growth of the countries. Of course, it is a well documented fact that sometimes this growth comes at the expense of the workers.
On the other hand, fashion can be fair at times as was seen this past may when retailers, producers, and traders got together to celebrate World Fair Trade Day. Out of the 350 members of the World Fair trade Organisation, about 33% are involved in the fashion industry marking the fact that there is concern over fair fashion. Members of the fair trade fashion movement are found from Indonesia to Nepal to Kenya and even more countries where co-ops are formed to help create global products.
Other brands show that they believe in fair trade simply by making it a point to pay a fair price for their products even when they are purchasing them from places where they could pay less. Most WFTO members take it a step further and pledge to follow the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. This is due to the fact that they believe fair trade is not only about paying a fair price, but also about creating positive working conditions for workers as a result of fair trading practices that allow employees proper pay.