The Fashion Industry Sweating

Number of people employed in the fashion industry: 4,200,000

Number of people employed in sweatshops: 250,000,000

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This shows that there are more workers in sweatshops, then workers in the entire fashion industry. Companies need to reevaluate the working wages of their employees in sweatshops; Based on the revenue of top fashion companies, it would be completely doable.

Sweatshops have been around since the 1950’s and show no sign of leaving soon. Hundreds of fashion brands use sweatshops to save money while increasing revenue. According to Do Something, “A study showed that doubling the salary of sweatshop worker would only increase the consumer cost of an item by 1.8 percent, while consumers would be willing to pay 15 percent more to know a product did not come from a sweatshop.” This shows that top brands are not raising the price of worker salaries in sweatshops because they fear raising their product costs 1.8 percent will cause them to lose clients.


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