Resources on Textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear sector

  1. IFC and ILO to improve labor standards and competitiveness in Vietnam’s apparel industry

    07 October 2008

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the International Labour Organization today launched the program to improve working conditions for more than 700,000 workers in the Vietnamese apparel industry and boost the international competitiveness of the sector.

  2. Protecting Maternity in Cambodia’s Textile Factories

    14 July 2008

    Many women in Cambodia risk losing their jobs when they become pregnant. But most textile factories monitored by the ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia programme now offer maternity protection to their employees. For Ros Kimsreng, she now has the opportunity of keeping a good job and providing for her family’s future.

  3. Promoting better work in global supply chains: Cambodian garment workers show talent

    02 May 2008

    Better Factories Cambodia, a joint initiative of the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is often cited as an example of how closer links between the two organizations can improve labour practices and competitiveness in global supply chains. But workers also have their own talents, as shown during a recent song contest organized among garment workers. ILO Online reports.

  4. We’re in business! From Better Factories to Better Work. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme.

    01 April 2008

    The ILO’s work with the private sector is not new. But in recent years there have been some interesting developments in ILO support to companies in their CSR-related activities. World of Work looks at a country project that grew into a major global programme, and interviews Ros Harvey, the Better Work Global Programme Manager.

  5. IFC and ILO team up to support Jordanian clothing exports through improved labour standards

    07 February 2008

    Jordanian Minister of Labour announces the Better Work Jordan project

  6. 11th African Regional Meeting (Addis Ababa, 24-27 April 2007): The power of dialogue: When words combine with actions

    20 April 2007

    The old adage goes "actions speak louder than words", but when it comes to governance, words are essential. A new report prepared for the ILO's African Regional Meeting on 24-27 April, shows how an ILO project targeting seven enterprises in two areas with high unemployment and HIV/AIDS combined skills development with social dialogue to improve performance and meet the challenge of growing textile imports.

  7. Tripartite Meeting on Promoting Fair Globalization in Textiles and Clothing in a Post-MFA Environment

    The purpose of the meeting was to review the immediate social and economic impact of the end of the Multifibre Agreement (MFA) and the strategies that have been put in place or are being developed with a view to facilitating the elaboration of appropriate integrated strategies for promoting fair globalization in the sector worldwide.

  8. Cambodian Labour Law Soap Opera: A Hit

    02 October 2006

    A soap opera about labour law in a garment factory has become an unlikely hit in Cambodia. Fiction is relating fact as Cambodia modernizes the governing of its labour market.

  9. Promoting fair globalization in textiles and clothing in a post-MFA environment

    26 October 2005

    Highlights the problems arising from the phase-out of quotas set by the Multifibre Arrangement (MFA), notably uncertainty among workers and enterprises worldwide. Urges for the elaboration and implementation of integrated strategies from global to local level, involving governments and social partners as well as the ILO as lead agency.

  10. Employment Strategy Papers: The end of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement and its implication for trade and employment

    24 October 2005

    The study illustrates the evolution and performance of trade and employment in textiles and clothing (T&C) until 2005 and try to forecast its evolution, focusing on exporting developing countries. It illustrates new issues on fair trade and global production systems.