For the first time, a large scale survey took place in 2020-2021, just before the global pandemic, with physical visits of 45 suppliers and interviews of more than1100 employees in all regions of Italy, from the north, center and south of the country. Additional surveys were also carried out in 2021.

This led to a comprehensive report that help to better understand the working conditions and wages of the luxury sector in Italy -that represents the second major industry of the country with more than 500,000 workers in both large factories and thousands of very small family businesses and artisans.

Such large scale survey allowed to identify the strengths but also possible improvements in the luxury supply chain in Italy, with one third of them obtaining the fair wage certification based on their performance and scoring on 12 complementary fair wage dimensions: on wage levels, wage adjustments, pay systems, but also other working conditions such as the number and payment of working hours, intensity at work, opportunities for career progression, wage discrimination and also social dialogue mechanisms.

We call brands in the luxury sector in Italy to ask more factories to take such fair wage assessment and also other brands to join these efforts to put in place fair wage practices. We also encourage a stronger dialogue among fashion houses, suppliers, consumer associations, ministries and institutions in order to raise awareness on social sustainability and facilitate the adoption of fair wage practices across the whole supply chain.

This project stimulated brands in the luxury sector to publish for the first time a road map on social sustainability and to commit to 10 different and important points of action on fair wages and sustainability.