Resources on Textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear sector

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Better Factories Cambodia

    01 June 2005

    A programme of the ILO for improvement of working conditions in the garment industry.

  7. A rapid assessment of bonded labour in the carpet industry of Pakistan

    03 January 2004

    This paper , written by Dr Zafar Mueen Nasir, of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad, deals with on bonded labour in Pakistan’s carpet-weaving sector.

  8. Improving working conditions and productivity in the garment industry: An action manual

    01 January 1998

    Aiming to help with the productivity and efficiency of garment-producing enterprises, this manual suggests practical ideas for the design, materials, safety, welfare and maintenance of the business. It also presents procedures and examples for identifying and assessing productivity.