Last week saw the launch of Asia Garment Hub, a digital platform that aims to help industry stakeholders understand, promote, and operationalize decent work and sustainable business practices across the supply chain.
The online forum is a collaboration between GIZ Fabric* and ILO’s ‘Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia’ project** to elevate best practices, foster partnerships, facilitate learning and exchange, and inspire action to address critical challenges in the industry.
According to GIZ and ILO, in 2019, the garment sector employed an estimated 65 million workers in Asia and the Pacific–that is 75% of all garment sector workers worldwide. More than half of these–some 35 million in Asia and the Pacific–are women, and the sector employs 5.2% of all working women in the region. Therefore, the platform not only addresses manufacturers, brands, trade unions, employer organizations and development partners, but also journalists, civil society, policymakers, and individuals interested in a more sustainable and socially fair future for the industry.
“Ensuring decent work for all in Asia’s garment sector will only become a reality if stakeholders at every level are actively engaged. However, the sheer volume of information available on these topics can make it difficult to know where to start. The Asia Garment Hub removes that headache by bringing together expertise, insight and resources from across the sector, in one easy to use digital platform,” says David Williams, manager of the ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains in Asia project.
“Asia is the heart the global garment and textiles industry. By bringing together information, expertise, and knowledge the Asia Garment Hub will become the ‘go to’ destination on sustainability and supply chain governance issues. We strongly encourage all interested stakeholders to visit the site and make use of its resources,” adds Alexandra Behns, coordinator regional cooperation, GIZ Fabric.
*GIZ Fabric is a regional project implemented by the German Development Cooperation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and aims to foster sustainability in the Asian textile and garment industry.
**International Labour Organization’s (ILO) ‘Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia’ project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), contributes to improve working conditions and rights of workers, and supports a social dialogue, productivity, gender equality and environmental sustainability in the garment sector in Asia.