ILO launches a new report on decent work for a fair, resilient, and sustainable textile and clothing supply chain in Madagascar

A new report, launched in November 2022 in presence of ILO tripartite constituents and other key stakeholders of the sustainable textile and clothing supply chain in Madagascar, offers insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry and the measures and policies needed to increase productivity and ensure decent work.

News | 14 November 2022
The textile and apparel supply chain linked to Madagascar creates around 180,000 formal jobs and represents 25% of the country's exports. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the textile supply chain worldwide and, in the country, causing job losses and undermining decent working conditions.

The Study on Decent Work for a fair, resilient and sustainable textile and clothing supply chain in Madagascar, is essential to analyze current employment and labour data as well as future trends in the textile and apparel supply chain in Madagascar to inform the development of public and sectoral policies. The study pays particular attention to the situation of women and young people throughout the supply chain and identifies, with the support of ILO constituents, specific measures to promote their full integration into the industry.

The report was launched during a workshop with the participation of more than 100 stakeholders representing specialized ministries, including the ministry of labour and youth, diplomatic representations, including the European Union, multilateral and professional organizations, trade unions, research and professional training institutes, and journalists from the capital and the different regions of the country, together with ILO specialists from Madagascar and Geneva. The workshop helped identify concrete actions to promote decent work in the textile sector based on the new study launched.

The study presents a series of recommendations on national policies, social dialogue, working conditions, social protection and fundamental ‘rights at work.

Another study comparing industrial policies worldwide, and additional tools and guidance will soon be available on the project website to help constituents and stakeholders undertake policies or other measures to support economic growth and social resilience in the supply chain industry linked to Madagascar.

This project is a joint initiative of the ILO and the European Commission which aims to promote decent work in global supply chains for a fair, resilient, and sustainable COVID-19 crisis recovery.