Call to Action

COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry

COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry aims to catalyse action from across the global garment industry to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. This global action also calls for work on sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry.

The Call to Action sets out urgent priorities and specific commitments for organizations across the industry to endorse as the first step to collective action to achieve these goals.

This requires all actors – governments, bank and finance institutions, international organizations, brands and retailers/e-tailers, manufacturers, employers’ organizations and trade unions, other stakeholders and development partners – working together urgently to develop concrete and specific measures and to make the contributions needed, consistent with organizational roles, to deliver on these priorities.

Ungaran Sari garment factory in Indonesia © Better Work
The ILO convenes an International Working Group, coordinated by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), including brands and manufacturers, workers and employer organizations and governments, to further elaborate the implementation steps necessary to deliver on these commitments.

Endorsement information

  • Brands and manufacturers who wish to endorse the Call to Action or have additional questions should contact at the International Organisation of Employers. IOE provides a confidential space for business organizations to discuss and advise of any related matter.
  • Worker organizations should contact IndustriALL or their Global Union with any related questions.
  • Other organizations who wish to endorse the Call to Action or have technical or other questions may also be directed to the ILO at