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