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Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Code of Labour Practices contains eight elements, which are based on United Nations and International Labour Organization principles:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • There is no discrimination in employment
  • No exploitation of child labour
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Payment of a living wage
  • Reasonable hours of work
  • Safe and healthy working conditions
  • Legally-binding employment relationship


Fair Wear regularly verifies the implementation of these labour practices through factory audits and worker interviews both onsite and offsite, and through annual ‘Brand Performance Checks’ which assess how well each member’s management policies support the Code of Labour Practices. The Brand Performance Check is a tool used to figure out how the member brands’ business practices improve labour conditions. Every year, brands’ efforts are reviewed by measuring how well they have assessed, identified, and resolved issues with their suppliers.

Brand Performance Checks help brands determine what they are doing well and where they can improve to create positive and sustainable change. Making the results of these checks open to the public ensures transparency and keeps our member brands accountable. The high level of transparency enhances our member brands’ credibility and sets a positive example that will hopefully inspire other brands to consider their own business practices.


Outdoor & Sports Company (OSC) Brand Performance Check

Brand Performance Checks are an independent assessment of how each Fair Wear member brand is working to improve labour conditions in their supply chains. Fair Wear members like Ronhill are evaluated against a set of indicators; the benchmarking score is an indication of how brands are doing on these indicators. The monitoring percentage shows how much of a brand’s production volume is covered by their monitoring system. Depending on how long the affiliate has been a member, the combination of benchmarking score and monitoring percentage lead to a category in Ronhill case the highest which is ‘Leader’.

Outdoor & Sports Company (OSC) Social Report

Fair Wear members are required to hand in an annual social report. Brands’ social reports are part of Fair Wear’s requirements on brand transparency. Fair Wear collects and publishes the reports but does not verify their content before publishing them. The quality of the social reports is checked and reported on through the annual brand performance checks.

View the report.