Resources on Textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear sector

  1. Fire safety - Tripartite partners adopt National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh

    25 March 2013

  2. Tripartite Meeting on Fire Safety in the Workplace in Bangladesh

    15 January 2013

    A tripartite meeting on fire safety in the work place in Bangladesh was organized jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO on 15 January 2013. Following the daylong deliberations, a tripartite statement of commitment was adopted and signed at the meeting.

  3. Fighting disability from within

    03 December 2012

    Indonesia’s law states that disabled people must make up at least one per cent of a company’s workforce. As some garment factories employ over 100,000 people, the challenge is not an easy one. But now the law has found a new ally.

  4. ILO’S Press Release on the tragic incident of fire in a garment factory at Ashulia

    27 November 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is greatly shocked and saddened by the tragic incident of fire in a garment factory at Ashulia adjacent to Dhaka on 24 November 2012 that resulted in the unfortunate deaths of more than 100 workers. The ILO extends its sincere condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and conveys its sympathy to those injured due to the fire.

  5. Viet Nam: Serving markets and workers

    20 July 2012

    Textiles are Viet Nam’s second largest export and provide about two million jobs for local workers. The sector has usually been associated with high productivity and competitiveness, but also with poor working conditions. Is it possible to reconcile the two?

  6. Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification in the Kyrgyz garment sector

    11 June 2012

    Employment Sector - Employment Report No. 19

  7. One day enterprise workplace training sessions on risk assessment and management in Zambia

    The one day risk assessment and management workshops organized in three enterprises enhanced the capacity of occupational safety and health (OSH) inspectors in carrying out trainings on risk assessment and management and built capacities in the three selected enterprise on how to carry out risk assessment with simple tools and techniques.

  8. Training better supervisors means better business for Cambodia’s factories

    29 March 2011

    By Maeve Galvin, Communication and Advocacy Officer and Ying Bun, Better Factories, ILO Cambodia. Good supervisors help workers become more efficient and productive, bad ones affect morale and competitiveness. But when ordinary workers are promoted they often find it difficult to acquire the necessary skills. In Cambodia, a specially-created training programme is answering this need, helping train supervisors to be firm, fair and effective leaders in Cambodia’s US$2.5 billion garment industry.

  9. 100th International Women’s Day

    07 March 2011

    As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we also remember the women who lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York in 1911. One hundred years on, despite some progress there is still much to be done to achieve gender equality in the world of work.

  10. From downturn to recovery: Cambodia’s garment sector in transition

    06 March 2011

    This book brings provides a comprehensive analysis of the impact the downturn has had on a leading manufacturing sector and offers insight into the opportunities and constraints of a low-wage, labor-intensive export model for industrial development, with far-reaching social and economic implications.