Thailand hosted an IndustriALL’s Asia-Pacific regional meeting for the textile, garment, leather and shoe sectors, September 29 to 30. Participants discussed the sector’s policies and priorities, common goals and strengthening unions through unity. IndustriALL’s global brand strategy has resulted in agreements between global labor and brands such as H&M, Inditex and Tchibo. Bangladesh’s Accord and the Act initiative illustrate the promises of collective actions to leverage change.
The fashion industry has changed rapidly; strategies of the past are no longer relevant today. IndustriALL regularly joins forces with relevant actors fighting for a sustainable garment industry. Sarah Ditty from Fashion Revolution spoke about their communication strategies and how teaming up with IndustriALL helps to amplify and share union struggles in the sector by sharing their message to their large audience of consumers.
A case study on the H&M global framework agreement was presented and brought together National Monitoring Committee (NMC) representatives from Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia. They reported on the process of creating well functioning industrial relations through the NMC mechanism.
In a growing industry with complex supply chains, transparency is vital. Human Rights Watch wants factories to publish information on their supply chains and presented its Transparency Pledge Campaign. The pledge was fully supported by participants as increased transparency means that violations of labor rights can be identified.