A collaboration between the German development agency, GIZ, and the International Labour Organization (ILO), has seen the establishment of an online platform aimed at developing a more sustainable future for the global garment and textile sector.
Asia Garment Hub (www.asiagarmenthub.net) is intended to be one-stop-shop providing the latest news, insights, and resources affecting work practices and sustainability for Asian garment and textile manufacturers and workers.
Describing its mission as being one of informing, educating, and spurring action to address critical challenges facing the Asian garment and textile sector, its ultimate aim is to drive real industry change.
It aims to do this by bringing together manufacturers, brands, trade unions, employer organisations and development partners, as well as at journalists, civil society, policymakers and other interested parties in one, resource-rich central destination.
Key features of the Asia Garment Hub include a comprehensive resource library, an interactive industry map, country data and insights, as well as access to training, expertise, and online discussions.
Access to the Hub is free of charge, with website navigation and content offered in English and 10 other languages including Indonesian, Malay, Burmese Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Sinhalese, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
David Williams, manager of the ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains in Asia project said, “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 garment and textile sector, in one easy to use digital platform.”
In 2019, the garment and textile sector employed an estimated 65 million workers in Asia and the Pacific, or about 75 per cent of all garment and textile sector workers worldwide. More than half of these — some 35 million in Asia and the Pacific — are women, with the sector employing about 5.2 per cent of all working women in the region.
GIZ FABRIC’s coordinator for regional cooperation, Alexandra Behns, said “Asia is the heart of the global garment and textile sector. By bringing together information, expertise and knowledge Asia Garment Hub will become the ‘go to’ destination on sustainability and supply chain governance issues.
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).
The project aims to foster sustainability in the Asian garment and textile sector. It identifies the common interests of key actors – in the factories, ministries, civil society and international brand manufacturers – and brings them together with the aim of developing a shared vision of sustainability and promoting greater cooperation.
ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The project supports decent work and sustainability in the Asian garment and textile sector by enhancing regional knowledge and policy coherence, together with providing industry level support to improve industrial relations, gender equality, environmental sustainability and business competitiveness.
Feature video / image: The Asia Garment Hub
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