Better Work engages with stakeholders in the garment industry not only at the level of the workplace, but also through national and international policymaking. During this time of industry strain, coordinated policy efforts become even more relevant. Better Work is liaising with all stakeholders to limit the impact on workers and business and identify a collective approach to support the industry.
Within the ILO, Better Work is contributing to guidance requested by constituents in this period of industry disruption, on topics including: wage protection for workers in factories facing production suspensions; adaptation of occupational safety and health guidance for enterprises and public labour inspectorates; guidance for protection of migrant garment workers; and best practices for upholding social protection provisions.
Key resources and policy responses from the ILO in these areas are found at the ILO’s centre for COVID-19 and the world of work and the ACTEMP page on the ILO website.
Additional information on national social protection measures being taken in response to COVID-19 are available on an updated basis through World Bank and ILO collaboration. (TBC)
Garment manufacturing workplaces are under severe strain. Better Work seeks to leverage and share our own tools, and those from others, to our stakeholders for their use to mitigate negative effects during this pandemic. A selection of these tools will be linked and updated here.
Better Work Bangladesh Resource Hub – A resource hub with guidelines, training, updates and awareness raising materials to support factories in Bangladesh to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Better Work Indonesia Resource Hub – A resource hub with guidelines, training, updates and awareness raising materials to support factories in Indonesia to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.
Protecting your employees and business from pandemic human influenza: Action manual for small and medium-sized enterprises – An action manual to help small and medium-sized enterprises prepare for and respond to pandemics. Includes checklists and tips on: collecting updated information, developing a plan, reducing contact at the workplace, promoting personal hygiene habits and supporting sick workers and their families.
Prevention and Mitigation of COVID-19 at Work ACTION CHECKLIST – A management tool to implement practical actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the workplace. This checklist covers: policy and planning; risk assessment; management and communication; prevention and mitigation and dealing with confirmed cases.
COVID-19 business resilience guides for garment factories in Asia – An ILO series of six action-oriented guides for garment factories in Asia to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to build business resilience.