The True Cost’, a film that looks at the people who make our clothes and the impact the industry is having on the world, was shown on International Women’s Day (10 March) at SOAS University in London.
Filmed in countries all over the world, The True Cost features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney and many more. “This is an unprecedented project that invites us on an explosive journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes,” said Mantis World, one of the sponsors of the screening. “While the film’s focus is on fast fashion, the points raised are just as relevant (or maybe more so) to the printwear and promowear industry.”
Jessica Simor QC, leading specialist in human rights and public law and one of the panelists at the discussion after the screening, said: “This is an area where there is a race to the bottom; international standards are needed to ensure that countries are able effectively to comply with international labour standards (living wages) without losing investment in their countries to countries that do not provide such guarantees.”
Speaking at the debate, Prama Bhardwaj, CEO and founder of Mantis World, commented: “The business of business is not just business! Companies can and should be responsible to account for their actions – we already do that financially and if businesses were made to reveal the environmental and social cost of operations just as they have to fill in a tax return, the impact would be huge. If done correctly, the garment industry has huge potential to benefit women in the global economy.”
The True Cost is available to download or stream on Netflix, Amazon Instant, VHX and iTunes.