Securing the competitiveness of Asia’s garment sector: A framework for enhancing factory-level productivity

This paper establishes the need for productivity interventions in the Asian ready-made garment sector. It argues the rationale for addressing factory productivity as part of a wider strategy including an integrated approach to securing the sector’s future competitiveness and long-term sustainability. It further proposes a conceptual framework to assist in the design of future interventions targeting productivity improvements.

This paper establishes the need for productivity interventions in the Asian ready-made garment sector. By outlining how efficiency-driven productivity improvements can enable garment factories to respond to a changing competitive landscape and current trends, the authors make a case for why development actors should consider productivity when designing new programmes.

The paper further proposes a conceptual framework to assist in the design of future interventions targeting productivity improvements. It proposes that successful interventions in the sector should be grounded in worker engagement and workplace cooperation, and address the productivity of ready-made garment factories through a systematic, broad-based improvement of processes.