Upgrading the Central Java wood furniture industry: a value-chain approach

The case of this industry, and the plight posed for the small enterprises and the negative consequences for the scale and quality of employment, caught the attention of officials at the ILO Geneva, in the ILO’s Sub Regional Office in Manila and in the Area Office in Jakarta.

Sets out an approach that encourages the development and implementation of a socially responsible industry upgrading strategy that can turn around a “race to the bottom”. The proposed upgrading strategy builds on the strengths of the industry, while mindful of the very real constraints of raw material supply.