“Slave to Fashion offers hope of a fairer, more ethical world and gives the reader plenty of tools to navigate a challenging fashion system.”Livia Firth
There are over 35 million people trapped in modern slavery todaythe largest number of slaves in modern history. This is fueled by the global demand for cheap laborwhich is what makes the fast fashion industry work.
Slave to Fashion is a highly accessible book which uses brilliant design, personal stories, and easy-to-grasp infographics to raise awareness among common brand consumers.
Fair trade and sustainable fashion expert Safia Minney draws on her extensive knowledge and personal experience to call attention to the human hardship that goes hand-in-hand with producing our clothes, and highlights what governments, business leaders, and consumers can do to call time on this unnecessary suffering.
The product of a successful crowdfunding campaign, Slave to Fashion celebrates those fighting for justice and the many initiatives that are taking place. It contains a practical toolkit that all consumers can use to demand change from the companies that produce our clothes.
Safia Minney is a pioneer in ethical business. She developed the fashion industry’s first fair trade supply chains and has helped to create social and organic standards to improve the lives of thousands of economically marginalized people in the developing world. Minney now brings her expertise and experience to help businesses embrace sustainability and transparency in their operations and branding. She is the author of several acclaimed books, including Naked Fashion and Slow Fashion.
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About the Author
Safia Minney is an ethical business pioneer. She founded of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion label, People Tree, and now brings her expertise and experience to help businesses embrace sustainability and transparency in their operations and branding. She is author of several critically-acclaimed books including Naked Fashion and Slow Fashion. She lives in London.
Table of Contents
1. The Modern Slavery Act. What is it & how are governments, human rights organizations and trade unions giving slaves a voice? What can industry bodies do to improve practice?
[Despite being UK legislation the Modern Slavery Act is having an impact across the world as it mostly affects big companies and in fashion these are all global brands]
2. The Global Economy. How do we make population growth, climate change,
human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals add up in our supply chains?
The case for New Economics.
3. Meet the Slaves. Meet the people, like you and me, who are victims of Forced
Labour, Bonded Labour, Human Trafficking and Child Labour.
4. Social and Technical Innovation. Social enterprise and Fair Trade ensure ethical business practice whilst tech innovation could hold the keys
to the Sustainable Development Goals.
5. Your Toolkit. How you can join the campaign to eradicate modern slavery.