Resources on Textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear sector

  1. UN virtual forum on responsible business and human rights in Asia and the Pacific: New challenges, new approaches

    Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the VRBHR Forum will convene stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to take stock of progress and discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing responsible business and human rights in the region. It will explore how existing vulnerabilities have been amplified and exposed by the crisis and discuss the need to view the crisis as an opportunity to drive change and build back better.

  2. Business Resilience: How can garment factories bounce back from COVID-19?

    COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains globally, resulting in reduced orders and incomes, factory closures and job losses. The implications for developing countries are enormous, potentially leading to strikes and social unrest. This webinar sheds light on the pandemic’s impact on the textile and garment industry in Asia.

  3. Garment Industry Call to Action Identifies Priority Countries

    20 May 2020

  4. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 is unravelling the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries

    12 May 2020

    Efforts to mitigate the public health emergency of the #COVID-19 pandemic are having an immense impact on the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries. Quarantine measures, closure of retail stores, and salary reductions have suppressed consumer demand. At the same time, this highly globalized sector is also struggling with severe supply-side disruption; as workers are told to stay at home, supply chains grind to a halt and factories close. Urgent attention is needed to help these industries recover, to save millions of livelihoods, and help them build back better.

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    Union Garment Workers Fear ‘an opportunity to get rid of us’

    10 May 2020

  6. Organizations endorsing the Call to Action in the garment industry

    08 May 2020

  7. Working Group Members of the Garment Industry Call to Action

    08 May 2020

  8. Automation, employment, and reshoring: Case studies of the apparel and electronics industries

    06 May 2020

  9. Report from the inaugural meeting of the International Working Group of the Garment Industry Call to Action

    04 May 2020

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    While the west fixates on Covid-19, vulnerable countries pay the price

    03 May 2020