Outdoor brands pay pittance
Workers are producing expensive outdoor gear for poverty wages
According to the latest issue of Threads, the Clean Clothes Campaign's (CCC) newsletter, despite the socially and environmentally responsible image portrayed by outdoor brands, workers are producing expensive outdoor gear for poverty wages.
The newsletter reported that the CCCs of Germany, Austria and Switzerland had recently published the outcomes of a survey about self-perception and reality in the outdoor clothing sector. To bring the results of the survey to life, a series of information events were organised in Germany in September. Jeaneth Pineda from El Salvador was the main speaker and has worked in the garment industry for the past sixteen years. She is a union organiser and has held many interviews with workers producing for outdoor brands like The North Face, Patagonia and Marmot. She told attendees at the events about the daily struggle for survival that workers faced, as a consequence of the low wages paid in the outdoor clothing sector.
The newsletter added that in the coming months outdoor brands were set to receive “special attention” from the CCCs in various European countries.
Although we haven't yet been able to find a copy of the survey translated in English, you can see how the companies score here.
Read the findings of Ethical Consumer's recent Outdoor Gear buyers' guide here. We rated and compared over 60 brands of fleeces, waterproof coats, walking boots, tents, sleeping bags and rucksacks.
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