The recent ethical fashion survey revealed that Kiwi companies are leading in promoting ethical practices in the fashion industry. The report also suggests that these companies are fairing better than their international counterparts. The Baptist Aid Australia that conducted the survey based their evaluation criteria on how the fashion companies pay their workers and the treatment given to the workers in the supply chain. The companies were graded from A to F with the highest score being A and lowest grade being F.
The treatment of workers by various employers often elicits criticism from labor movements depending on the extent to which they breach or uphold the code of ethics of practice. Kiwi companies tend to value their workers. They demonstrate their commitment to addressing pay related concerns of their workforce by offering attractive remuneration alongside other benefits. Their employment terms and package for the workers tend to be better than their international counterparts in the fashion industry. Kiwi companies recognise that remuneration offered to the workers has a significant influence on their input and productivity. Good pay increases employee’s morale to deliver the expectations of the company.
Kiwi companies scored an average B- compared to their international counterparts in the fashion industry which managed a median score of C+. Ethical practice in the fashion industry is critical in promoting workers growth and development. The commitment of the Kiwi companies in promoting the interests of the workers in terms of good pay and respect for workers’ rights absolve them from witnessing an industrial revolution. The agitations of the labor force often resonate around pay and working conditions. The ethical code of practice requires companies to protect the basic rights of the workforce. Nevertheless, the performance of the Kiwi companies against their international counterparts is suggestive that they have made great strides in upholding most ethical requirements.