The US Agency for International Development (USAID) deputy administrator Bonnie Glick announced a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a consortium of the US retail, apparel and footwear companies as well as industry associations in the US's third annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IBPF).
The MoU intends to pursue much-needed relief to the predominantly female workers in the US companies' supply chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
The participating companies and industry associations are Carter's Inc, Gap, Global Brands Group, Levi Strauss and Company, Nike, Tapestry, Target, VF Corporation, Walmart, AAFA, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the US Fashion Industry Association.
The MoU establishes an objective for the USAID and the consortium to work together over the coming year to alleviate hardships, faced by the AFFA sector workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Such efforts, in collaboration with local partners, will aim to create a more resilient AFFA sector and workforce, enhance the rights and welfare of workers in the AFFA factories, and empower women in the AFFA workforce.