Fair Wear Foundation & Workers Rights Consortium

Comparison of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) & Workers Rights Consortium (WRC)

We’ve been asked on numerous occasions the difference between FWF accreditation compared to that of WRC, as suppliers of products accredited by multiple organisations we felt we could provide some insight from a quite a neutral position.
Although we believe that no single organisation alone can solve the issue and change global supply chain conditions, it is something that will take collaboration on multiple levels which is why we support both FWF and WRC.

The main differences between the two are:

  • FWF is a European based initiative, unlike WRC of which is US based (although is used by some UK based universities).
  • FWF focusses on the manufacturing stage of the garment industry as a whole. WRC has a focus on the apparel made for universities, at manufacturing stage.
  • FWF is lead by brands, meaning the changes have to be implemented into the brand as a whole. WRC is lead by workers with a focus on the specific factories producing the university apparel.
  • Both organisations have slightly different methods of implementation of their codes of conduct.

Despite these differences, both work very similarly, with very similar codes of conduct in place based around the ILO (International Labour Organisation) conventions.

The following pages help provide more of an outline of both organisations and how they operate, alongside the standards in place.

- FWF & WRC Codes of Conduct

- How standards are implemented/verified by the FWF & WRC

- How standards are reported by FWF & WRC

Alongside this you can find a simple diagram here illustrating how the two organisations interconnect, with both organisations working towards very similar end goals.

This information (& that of subpages) has been collected from trustworthy, reputable sources (including www.fairwear.org, www.workersrights.org & www.jo-in.org) and to our knowledge is accurate and up to date (2014).