FEI can run workshops for schools, colleges, universities and community groups about ethics in the fashion industry. Through our workshops we encourage people to critically examine different perspectives and explore how the production, consumption and marketing of fashion could be transformed so that the rights' of workers are respected. The workshops combine our extensive knowledge with a participatory educational approach, building on participants' existing knowledge and experience and using a range of activities and different media. The workshops can be tailored to the needs of the group - from a BA fashion marketing course to an A-level textile group to a primary school assembly.
Fees: All workshops and training will be charged at £150 per half day/ £300 for a full day plus travel.
How to book: Please email info(_at_)labourbehindthelabel.org for a booking form (replace (_at_) with @)
1. An introduction to workers' rights and corporate social responsibility in the fashion industry. This workshop explores the conditions faced by garment workers and provides an introduction to the structure of the garment industry, company supply chains and sourcing as well as what is, and can be done, to improve working conditions.
2. Initiatives to improve conditions in the industry. What are companies, governments, consumers and workers doing to improve conditions for workers? What more could be done? How can you get involved?
3. Impact of buying decisions on workers. Paying low prices to a factory for a garment may mean that it is impossible for workers to be paid a living wage. Putting in a last minute order, or changing a design idea at the last moment, can mean that workers have to work excessive overtime. The impact of buying decisions such as these on workers is explored in this workshop.
4. Role of marketing in an ethical fashion industry. How are companies marketing their approach to corporate social responsibility? What are the pitfalls of this? The workshop also explores the concept of ethical consumerism.
5. Tailored workshops to meet the curriculum learning objectives or course and project briefs(Workshops 3 - 4 are aimed at fashion students who have prior basic knowledge of workers' rights and corporate social responsibility)
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