A Movement To Reform Fashion
12-1-20 – According to the Worker Rights Consortium and an email correspondence between PayUp Fashion and Amazon, Amazon has agreed to pay for all orders for its private-label clothing lines in full and on time that were placed prior to the pandemic. The PayUp Fashion campaign does not have information on order cancellations for non-Amazon-owned brands sold via its platform.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
2-3-21 – Amazon has not met Action 2: Keep Workers Safe. The retail monopoly has not signed onto the Severance Guarantee Fund and has not met our demand for direct relief for garment workers impacted by the pandemic, which we’ve set at 1% of annual net sales. Considering that Amazon is the world’s largest apparel retailer, selling $30 billion worth of clothes annually, 1% of net sales is the least the retailer could contribute to the women who make its clothes.
12-20-20 – Amazon posts record $6.3 billion profits in Q3 of 2020, joining the ranks of retailers raking in record earnings during the pandemic, while garment workers’ wages have dropped 21% and 77% have reported hunger [PDF]. Amazon is the world’s largest clothing retailer, selling $30 billion worth of clothes annually, about 9% of which is its private-label brands, including Amazon Essentials, Core Io, Mae, 206 Collective, and Goodthreads. We are currently awaiting Amazon’s response regarding its commitment to Keep Workers Safe.
8-17-21 – While Amazon does publicly disclose a list of what appears to be its active tier 1 cut-and-sew garment factories, the company has not committed to The Transparency Pledge. Full tier 1 transparency, as laid out in The Transparency Pledge, is the absolute lowest bar of compliance in fashion and since Amazon has yet to meet it, we have given the company a “NO” under Go Transparent.
In addition to the above, to receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, Amazon must a) disclose its tier 2 (fabric mills), its tier 3 (yarn and fiber mills) and tier 4 (raw materials) suppliers; b) disclose the wages of the lowest-earning workers at each factory and c) share audit and remediation reports publicly, and make these findings available to the garment workers in the audited factories.