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Collaborations & Partnerships

What is ACT?

ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) is an agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions developed to transform the garment, textile and footwear industry and achieve living wages for workers through collective bargaining at industry level linked to purchasing practices. For more information on ACT, please visit https://actonlivingwages.com/.

Living wage

According to ACT, living wage is described as “the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet the basic needs of himself/herself and his/her family, including some discretionary income. This should be earned during legal working hour limits (i.e. without overtime)."

The journey to achieving living wage

ACT will strive to achieve living wages for workers through their programs in supporting negotiation between national representatives of manufacturers, such as employer organisations, and trade unions, towards collective bargaining agreements at industry level. Such agreements are legally binding and enforceable for the signatory parties, and can be extended to the whole industry within that country, and as such covering every worker within it.

ACT programs will also include capacity-building to support the negotiations between manufacturers and trade unions as well as cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and development cooperation organisations to provide the necessary technical assistance.

As a member of ACT, BESTSELLER is committed that our respective purchasing practices facilitate the payment of a living wage as ACT develops mechanisms to link purchasing practices to collective bargaining at industry level, enabling manufacturers to meet the terms of the agreements on wages and working conditions that are negotiated.

To review ACT’s Memorandum of Understanding, please visit https://actonlivingwages.com/memorandum-of-understanding/

Global purchasing practices commitments

ACT has set out five purchasing practices commitments linking to achievement indicators that are used to measure progress and deliver tangible improvements in the buying process with suppliers.  They are:

Commitment 1: Brands commit that purchasing prices include wages as itemised costs.

Commitment 2: Brands commit to faire terms of payment

Commitment 3: Brands commit to better planning and forecasting

Commitment 4: Brands commit to undertake training on responsible sourcing and buying

Commitment 5: Brands commit to practice responsible exit strategies

Engaging FWD

We are engaging FWD by working better

Our vision: We will promote dignity, equality and safe working conditions for all people across our value chain until fair incomes and respect for human rights are the norm.

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