Resources on Textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear sector

  1. U.S. Garment Buyers Team Up to Support Better Work

    19 November 2009

    The US Council for International Business (USCIB) has announced support for Better Work by five of the biggest U.S. apparel companies--Gap Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Walmart and the Walt Disney Company—which will contribute over USD $1 million to Better Work through the USCIB’s foundation.

  2. Haiti...on the Road to Better Work

    13 October 2009

    Better Work, the unique partnership programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), organized the first-ever international buyers forum in Haiti as part of a new project that is expected to create jobs and promote sustainable development and responsible labour practices in the country's garment industry.

  3. Bringing Better Work to Haiti's Garment Industry

    07 October 2009

    Better Work, the unique partnership programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), organized the first-ever international buyers forum in Haiti recently as part of a new project that is expected to create jobs and promote sustainable development and responsible labour practices in the countrys garment industry. Speaking at the forum was Ros Harvey, ILO's Global Programme Manager for Better Work. At a separate event for international business leaders sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), former US President Bill Clinton, UN special envoy to Haiti discussed what the Better Work programme could bring to the Haitian garment industry.

  4. International buyers get behind the Haitian garment industry

    07 October 2009

    Better Work, the unique partnership programme of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), organized the first-ever international buyers forum in Haiti recently as part of a new project that is expected to create jobs and promote sustainable development and responsible labour practices in the country’s apparel industry.

  5. From high fashion ‘alta moda’ to dress-making in Ukraine

    17 December 2008

    At 16 per cent, the region of Chernivtsi in Ukraine has the highest unemployment rate in the country and the lowest number of women employed. This is why the region was chosen for an ILO project, funded by Development Cooperation Ireland, that addresses the root causes of labour migration and tries to stem irregular migration and trafficking through training, job placement and entrepreneurial activities. ILO Online reports from Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

  6. Women's Cooperative Spins Ancient Technologies into Commercial Success

    12 December 2008

    When ancient technologies connect with modern methods, the results can change lives. It can happen even in places where hope is hard to come by. In one of the world’s most remote places in Argentina, reconnecting with the past is showing the way into the future.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.