The Made Fairly Index is a universal set of standards that is essential to the long-term viability of the fashion industry. Due to the complex nature of global supply chains, it is far too common for clothing to be sourced at the sacrifice of the well-being of those producing them. Fashion employers lack a consistent set of working conditions to abide by. Thus it is ultimately the factory employees that suffer the consequences.

Keep in mind as products move further down the supply chain the lower the likelihood of clothes being produced ethically becomes. In addition, the room for exploitation increases.

Below is an example of how this problem occurs:

Brand XYZ hires Factory (A) to produce an order of 100,000 t-shirts within a limited time frame. Factory (A) has a production capacity of 50,000 pieces and subcontracts the remaining 50,000 pieces to Factory (B). Factory (B) has a production capacity of 25,000 pieces so they subcontract the remaining 25,000 pieces to Factory (C). Factory (C)’s production capacity is 10,000 pieces, and they subcontract the remaining 15,000 pieces to Factories (D, E, and F). Factories (D, E, and F) each have a production capacity of 2,500 pieces and they subcontract the remaining 7,500 pieces to Factories (G-L). Factories (G-L) produce 1,250 pieces each, helping satisfy Brand XYZ’s initial order. This type of subcontracting can go on and on, all without Brand XYZ’s knowledge.

The Made Fairly Index is a universal standard of fashion manufacturing encompassing a minimum wage, minimum working standards, and a minimum set of benefits that are to be granted to factory employees everywhere. When we visit our local grocery store and purchase our favorite drink, we often find various certifications on our beverages— this allows us to drink it with a peace of mind. For the first time in history, the Made Fairly Index will allow you to wear your clothes with the same peace of mind.