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Fashion and Employment: Decent Work?

The fashion industry, taken as a whole, is a major provider of work to adults. 

One in eight of the world’s adult population works in the fashion industry, from growing cotton crops to sewing garments for retail. This work enables individuals to earn money, build up skills and for some, to have a profession.


However it is estimated that 181 million people are in vulnerable, or insecure, work1. That's equivalent to the combined populations of the UK, France and South Korea.  Or jus…

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