Examination of brand behavior by the Fair Wear Foundation

In the examination of brand behavior by the FWF is a tool for assessing and reporting on the activities of the foundation members. However, this guide is for all companies available and can been downloaded in two formats, either online: or in printed form:


Manual for assessing the social impact of products

In 2013 the so-called has "Round Table for Social Product Key" (Round Table for Social Product Metrics) pursues the following objectives.:

  1. Anchoring the principles for the assessment of social sustainability of products and harmonization of approaches,
  2. Coordination with other international initiatives and exchange with other companies and
  3. Development of solutions for cross-cutting issues in the implementation.

In the manual, the results of the first two phases of the Round Table are set for social product numbers with organizations a practical approach to the assessment of social impacts of products is proposed, which is based on existing standards worldwide. In addition, be listed in the document in view of the desire of the Roundtable for more consensus and credibility not only the final results but also the development process.

The manual for the assessment of the social impact of products ("Product Handbook for Social Impact Assessment") can be downloaded here werden:


The Toolkit for Social Responsibility OIA

The from US Outdoor Association (OIA) developed toolkit as a guide, getting a set of tools and basic and secondary information that depending on the company or supplier can be worked out a program for social responsibility and steadily expanded to ultimately to improve the working conditions and rights in the value chain of the outdoor industry.

The toolkit consists of two documents:

The toolkit can be downloaded for free here:


Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) Wage Ladder Tool

The FWF Wage Ladder is an easy-to-use online tool that allows the wages paid at any factory to be compared against a range of wage benchmarks. The Wage Ladder generates a clear, easily understandable graphic that shows where a factory’s wages fall short in comparison to these benchmarks. Brands, suppliers and workers’ representatives can see how current wages compare to living wage estimates – and can begin negotiations on how to make improvements, moving wages ‘up the ladder’ in regular steps.

In November 2014, the Fair Wear Foundation launched the second generation of the wage ladder tool.


Fair Wage Foundation Living Wage Portal

The FWF Living Wage Portal is designed to be the 'go to' internet resource for living wage implementation. The content is focused on finding ways to overcome eight main roadblocks to living wages – ranging from the lack of clarity about the costs of higher wages to concerns about competition law. 

The portal is designed for a wide range of users - brands, factories, unions, policymakers, NGOs, journalists and anyone else with a role to play in improving the welfare of the world's garment workers. The website will feature a growing set of case studies of FWF members, guest blogs, and good practice examples from the foundation and from experts in its stakeholder network. 


Made-By Benchmark for Social Standards

The Social Benchmark grades six leading international standards concerning labour and human rights in order of robustness (from Class A to Class C), allowing you to better understand the varying initiatives that monitor and certify social conditions at garment factories in your supply chain.


Made-By Labour Standards and Human Rights Risk Map

National protection for labour standards varies from country to country, with some governments having more established systems in place to safeguard workers’ rights and ensure that non-compliance issues are addressed. MADE-BY has commissioned leading business risk analysis organisation, Maplecroft, to develop a global ‘Labour and Human Rights Risk Map’. Maplecroft researches indexes, maps and analyses over 500 risks and issues affecting multinational companies, governments and NGOs.