Dear Sir or Madam,
Please provide copies of all recent applications for Development Awareness Mini Grant by Ethical Fashion Forum that have been approved or are likely to be. Please provide copies of feedback and monitoring mechanisms, if any.
As this email is public, I should explain that I don't mean to discourage training in fair trade imports of shoes & clothes. I do question how trainers are equipped to advise on other ethical suppliers of clothes based in the UK and Europe; it is a harder job to advise on T shirts than Tea, on a product made all over the world than a product only grown on third world farms.
I am concerned that there are some factories making clothes in Tower Hamlets which suffer from cheap imported competition, increasing poverty, reducing attractive work for the younger generation, increasing disparities in the labour market. Business is so bad that richer people are setting up wine bars and quangos in the empty factories. One of your other grants to the area notes "Disadvantaged Young People in Tower Hamlets, London: The direct beneficiaries will be 2,000 disadvantaged youths, 18-25 years old, who are not in education, employment or training" partly to help "their friends and relatives... Project work in the target community has identified that young people are often disconnected from their communities and have a lack of awareness of the broader global context and situation of others in the world".
It strikes me that taxpayer-funded training to the fashion trade about how to import should only be about fair trade fashion or products made in European working conditions, and it should be balanced by training about how to buy fashion made in the UK and Europe, potentially by some of the 2,000 unemployed people who are the subject of one of your other grants and disconnected from their communities.
I am concerned that another project chaired, badged, and advertised by Ethical Fashion Forum called "making it ethically in China", which is not about fair trade, received complaints from me and questions or concern from two main parties on the London Assembly. Despite this, Ethical Fashion staged a repeat performance at their own offices in Tower Hamlets, yards away from clothing factories. I am also concerned that the Forum's advice to British Fashion Council about what "Ethical" means does not sufficiently favour UK or European producers or even fair trade ones.
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