Friday, October 18, 2013

WellMade Project: Its Website Is Live & Its Programs Are Receiving Praise

What do the Berlin Ethical Fashion Show, the MINT fair during Amsterdam Fashion Week, the Munich Fabric Start trade show, the London Garments Expo and Texworld Paris all have in common?

They are all locations where volunteers and staff from the Fear Wear Foundation have presented information related to their newest initiative, the WellMade Project.

Image courtesy of the WellMade Project
If it wasn’t already obvious, the Fear Wear Foundation has definitely been busy this year. In addition to continuing their annual projects related to improving labor conditions in the garment industry, they have also been working overtime to launch and successfully carry out the beginnings of their WellMade Project; this project aims to combine speeches at events with making information available online, ultimately helping everyone from employees to business owners improve the garment industry’s labor conditions throughout the entire supply chain.

During the summer, the Fair Wear Foundation approached U.S. business owner Jeffrey Tognetti about donating a URL that was under his name at the time but which would be perfect for the project: www.wellmade.org. Tognetti donated this URL willingly in the early summer of 2013; as a result, the project continued as planned.

While to many the donation of a URL seems minor and trite, the reality is that this URL truly belongs with the WellMade Project, and will provide a wonderful service to many as the project continues. Currently, the WellMade Project’s staff and volunteers are attending trade shows, fashion shows, and expos across Europe; they’re planning as far ahead as January, promoting their session at the PSI Messe D├╝sseldorf European trade and encouraging employers and all of those in the fashion and garment industry to attend.

Of course, while the speeches that the staff and volunteers give are all extremely important, they do not typically address those directly affected by poor labor conditions in the garment industry.

That’s where the website comes in; by providing an entire library of resources – including legal documents, the names of groups that can help, and pamphlets explaining what an individual’s rights are and that poor labor conditions should not be tolerated – anyone with Internet access can find the information they need to make a difference in their lives.

This website would not be complete without the WellMade Project’s sessions, but at the same time, the WellMade Project’s sessions would be incomplete without having a website, made entirely free and available to all. We wish nothing but the best to the members of this wonderful project as they move forward into the future, continuing to give presentations as well as updating the website with the newest, up to date information and resources for those looking to make a positive change in the garment industry.

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