The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, transforming into both a health crisis and an economic and labour market shock. Beyond the urgent concern about the health of workers and their families, the virus is affecting the world of work, increasing unemployment and underemployment, and disproportionately affecting women workers who make up the majority of the garment workforce.
These guidelines are designed to help factories confronting these economic challenges and to do so in line with applicable laws, internationally accepted good practices, and international labour standards. The intent is to support a process that is fair, transparent and does not discriminate. These guidelines will be updated on a regular basis based on changing information and regulations.