Supply chains

Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia

The Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia project funded by the Government of Sweden, provides concrete follow-up to the resolution adopted in 2016 by the International Labour Conference concerning decent work in global supply chains.

Project objectives

The project aims to contribute to improved working conditions and rights of women and men workers as well as improved social dialogue, productivity, gender equality and environmental sustainability in the garment sector in Asia. To achieve this, the project will deliver focused interventions in two complementary areas of work: firstly, by strengthening knowledge of research findings, good practices and tools in four main and inter-connected problem areas: 1) social dialogue and industrial relations systems; 2) advancement of gender equality; 3) enhanced productivity and competitiveness; and 4) reduced environmental impact. Secondly, by strengthening the coordination among the many stakeholders already actively working to ensure decent work in the garment industry in Asia. The project will build on ongoing work by the ILO and other development partners to further compile, analyse and disseminate knowledge for better knowledge-sharing, follow up on good practices, and coordinate ongoing efforts.

Target beneficiaries

Working women and men in the garment sector in Asia who will see their rights and working conditions improved as a result of the project.

Project outcomes

  • ILO constituents and other stakeholders and the regional network use platform and available research and tailored tools for inclusive policy development, workplace cooperation, social dialogue and collective bargaining.
  • Increased availability of and advocacy for evidence-based policy recommendations for gender equality in the garment sector.
  • Employer and Business Membership Organizations (EBMOs) and key actors have improved knowledge and capacity, applied to support productivity and competitiveness in the garment sector.
  • Improved environmental sustainability capacity of key actors in ensuring Just Transition in the garment sector in Asia

Main activities

Knowledge generation and sharing

A body of gender-sensitive knowledge on industrial relations, gender equality and closing the pay gap, good practices for productivity, competitiveness and working conditions, as well as on eco-innovation, environmental regulation systems, and access to finances for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be developed. To contribute to the sharing of knowledge and experience, a regional web-based platform will be made available to a large community of stakeholders.

Capacity building

The project will build capacity in partners through a suite of ILO training and advisory tools. These tools and guidance materials will enhance the capacity of institutional partners, employers’ organizations, affiliated business associations and training centres to assist manufacturing firms to develop systems that ensure quality, reduced environmental impact, eliminate waste and strengthen competitiveness. Capacity development of workers’ organizations will aim at improving industrial relations systems, on the basis of effective exercise of the right to freedom of association and strengthening of collective bargaining at enterprise, sectorial and national levels. Leadership trainings to a regional cohort/network of tripartite female leaders will be organized to enable increased female participation in tripartite policy dialogue and promote gender sensitive social dialogue across the sector.

Advocacy and networking

The project will organize two regional tripartite plus meetings to provide further opportunities to discuss issues related to the four inter-related thematic priorities. A Regional Gender Taskforce for the Garment Sector, made up of partners and experts in the sector and from across the region will also be established to advocate, champion, nudge and promote a gender equality agenda across the region. A regional research network for environmental sustainability will also be established to provide for peer review and knowledge sharing of project findings.