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The Clean Clothes campaign, which is supported approximately for its part by many NGOs and female worker combinations around the world, uses itself for the rights of the female workers and an improvement of the conditions of work in the international clothing and sports article industry.

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Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) - campaign for, clean one' clothes

The campaign for "‚clean one' clothes, which were created 1990 in the Netherlands, exists today in 12 European countries. The independent national platforms of the campaign coordinate themselves over the international secretariat in Amsterdam.

The CCC is a network, in which over 300 trade unions and NRO, consumer associations, church groups, a world shops, institutions for search and woman right organizations co-operate. It exists a close co-operation with partner organizations in developing countries and countries in paging.

The goal of the CCC is an improvement of the conditions of work in the world-wide clothing and sports article industry. For this final consumers are informed, with enterprises negotiate, organizations of the female workers are supported and public campaigns accomplished.

In case of of strikes, closing downs or industrial law injuries the CCC with press releases, television and broadcast contributions, with protest letters and public road actions for the interests of the female workers occur. Acute bad states, about 30 cases per year, are taken up in express actions (Urgent Appeals). Over one can become directly active.

The campaign "Play fair with Olympia" (2004), a co-operation among other things with global union - the international of the free trade unions (ICFTU) and the international trade union of the textile, clothing and leather industry (ITGLWF) - pursues the goal: Stricter standards for the Lizensvergabe and the sponsor contracts between the international olympic committee (IOC) and the sports article manufacturers. In the apron to the olympic plays in Athens hundreds of public meetings in 35 countries were organized. More than one half million signatures were collected for the support of the campaign. Hundreds of medium reports concerned themselves world-wide with the campaign. Some sports article manufacturers were ready for changes, but the IOC showed up a little sensitively.

In the past years the CCC succeeded in successfully bringing city administrations and municipalities in European countries with the ethical interests in contact. For example 250 municipalities in France accepted a resolution, which plans the observance of work standards in contracts for the order of clothing. This Clean Clothes Communities Campaign exists meanwhile in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Sweden and in Great Britain. In relation to the European parliament and in the European Union commission lobbying is carried out. Member organizations are involved into training programmes. Numerous training further led Institut for economics and south wind and the Friedrich Ebert donation.

In February 1998 the CCC adopted "the code OF labour Practices after close consultations with their world-wide partners and the trade unions for the Apparel Industry including Sportswear "(Kodex over the conditions of work in the clothing and sports article industry). The paper carries more than 250 signatures, among them from ITGLWF, European trade union of the textile, clothing and leather industry (ETU/TCL), for Asia monitor resource center (AMRC), transnational information Exchange Asia (TIE Asia). The CCC Kodex is ajar against the model Kodex of the ICFTU.

In the years from 1985 to 2005 knew a set of pilot projects with buyers/mark manufacturers in the Netherlands, in France, Sweden, which Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany are converted. The CCC Kodex was used directly in all these pilot projects or evaluated as long-term reference document. The CCC is however no Multi Stakeholder initiative. Pilot projects are understood as catalysts, in order to promote verification systems as a condition for genuine improvements. Straight partner organizations warn of a euphoric evaluation of the first improvements with the conditions of work in the consequence of pilot projects.

In the Netherlands and in Great Britain the national platforms are also in each case members of the FWF and the ETI. After successful conclusion of a pilot project with three retailers in the year 2004 the CCC of Switzerland into the establishment of the verification system ISCOM (Independent Social Compliance monitoring) one had included. In Germany the enterprise terminated "Hess nature "and 2005 a pilot project. In the consequence "Hess nature "the first "not-Netherlands "member that became fair Wear Foundation (FWF). This decision is evaluated as crucial step, around which FWF umzugestalten into a European verification company.

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