COVID-19 Update
Impacts on the Garment Supply Chain
Country Updates

In this section, we provide you with an overview of current developments in the main production countries of our members.

Using the real-time map of Johns Hopkins University, you will find an overview of the current numbers of corona cases per country.

The Fair Wear Foundation provides an overview of relief funds of independent organisations for different countries.

Ethiopia
Current situation

Lockdown: On 8th of April a state of emergency was declared for 5 months. Larger events are forbidden and schools and restaurants are closed.

Production: About half of the companies in the Hawassa Industrial Park, which employs 35,000 people, have now stopped production. (Link)

History

16th April According to an ILO survey of 20 Ethiopian textile companies, the capacity utilisation rate in the first quarter fell by 30 percent compared to 2019. Nearly half of the companies reported cancelled or reduced orders from their customers. A fifth of the factories have switched to reduced working hours and companies fear that they will have to lay off employees in the second quarter. While all local firms expect a decline in revenues, only 55% of FDI firms forecast a decline in total revenues. (Link)

Bangladesh
Current situation

Lockdown: Bangladesh is currently under a nationwide lockdown, which has been extended for the third time until 30 May.Link)

Production: On 4 May authorities announced that more factories will gradually be opened. (Link) However, garment factories will be closed once a significant number of workers are infected with COVID-19. (Link) Several BGMEA audit teams examine the health and safety systems of factories through unannounced factory visits. (Link)

Government measures: The government announced a bailout/simulus package of 500 million Euro for export-oriented industries to pay for wages. On 15 April the Prime Minister announced the allocation of Tk. 7.6 billion (around 83 million euro) for people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. The Ministry of Finance will also subsidise interest payments on up to Tk. 500 billion (about 5.4 billion euros) in working capital loans. (Link) According to the Ministry of Labor, companies that do not pay their workers will not receive any money from the announced rescue package for the export sector. (Link)

Other developments: Various civil society actors have set up donation funds to support workers. (Link). Among them is the relief funds for workers in India and Bangladesh organised by the Textiles Partnership member FEMNET e.V.

History

13th May  According to media reports, more than 1,750 factories have now reopened. The number of workers infected with COVID-19 as well as the rapid opening of factories is controversially discussed. Bangladesh's health minister Zahid Maleque warned that factories might be forced to close down again if infections started to rise at a significant rate. (Link)

11th May The IHRB (Institute for Human Rights and Business) and the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global textile supply chains and its workers, with a special focus on Bangladesh. (Link)

10th May Several thousand workers from two garment factories demonstrated for the second day in a row, demanding full pay for April and the reopening of the factories. (Link)

4th May Garment workers who were unable to work last month due to the nationwide lockdown receive 60% of their wages for the month of April and 65% for May. (Link)

3rd May Many factories are breaching the health regulations. The number of workers infected with the corona virus is slowly increasing. (Link)

8th April According to the BGMEA, 953 million pieces of ready-made clothing for export worth 3.05 billion US dollars were cancelled. Thousands of workers have lost their jobs and do not receive wages. On April 6, protests were held. (Link)

2nd April According to a study by the Penn State Center for Global Workers' Rights and the Workers' Rights Consortium, more than one million workers in the garment industry have already been fired or suspended due to order cancellations. (Link)

1st April Through their unions, tens of thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh are successfully standing up to employers to ensure they are paid during plant closures and have proper protective equipment if they must report to work. (Link)

30th March RMG factories have started to produce masks, which do not meet the standards set by WHO, in order to disperse among the population. The goal is to also produce and export medical-grade masks, which are in conformity with the WHO norms. However, according to BGMEA the changeover and completion of production as well as the training of workers will take approximately six more months. (Link)

27th March The Accord on Fire and Building Safety suspends all factory inspections and educational activities in the country amid fears of coronavirus spread. (Link)

25th March German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller reacts to the letter from BGMEA President Rubana Huq. The ministry is currently examining various measures. (Link)

23rd March In a video message, BGMEA President Rubana Huq addresses purchasing companies with an appeal to continue to keep to the agreements and to continue to accept finished goods. Otherwise, factories would be forced to lay off workers due to cancellations. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Better Work: Brief overview of the situation and political decisions regarding factories (Link)

Bulgaria
Current situation

Lockdown: Bulgaria has started to ease restrictions. The national state of emergency that had been in force since 13 March will now be lifted on 13 May. (Link)

Production:Production continues in large parts and under healthand safety precautions. 

Government measures: The government is allocating BGN 5.5 billion (around 2.4 billion euros) to support businesses. This includes for example covering 60% of the wages of workers in affected sectors who would otherwise have been made redundant, inlcudig social security contributions as well as deferral of corporate tax payments until 30 June. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

China
Current situation

Lockdown: The lockdown officially ended on 8 April. However, precautionary measures are still being taken. In some northeastern provinces the lockdown has been reimposed on 19th May due to new infections. (Link)

Production: For some weeks now, factories have been gradually returning to operation.

Government measures: The government has adopted a number of measures to support companies. On the one hand, rents, taxes and social security contributions can be reduced or deferred. On the other hand, companies can apply for loans at reduced interest rates. (Link)

History

6th April According to the National Bureau of Statistics, garment manufacturing fell 36.61 percent in January and February to 2.51 billion pieces versus the same months in 2019. In addition, domestic sales of garments in the same period shrunk 33.2 percent to 110.3 billion renminbi, or USD 15.55 billion. (Link)

1st April China's exports continue to decline due to the global spread of the Covid 19 pandemic. Workers return to work after the nationwide lockdown. However, factories complain about a lack of orders. (Link)

25th March In southern China's Guangdong province, a major clothing and textile hub, over 60% of export-oriented firms said their overseas orders have declined. Amidst the still-recovering domestic supply chain, businesses are facing issues with stockpiling, tight cash flows, and reduced staff. (Link)

Further Information

Fair Wear FoundationDetailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

India
Current situation

Lockdown: Since March 24 there has been a nationwide lockdown in India, which has been extended until 31 May, but with considerable relaxations in lockdown restrictions. (Link) The government has divided India into red zones with "significant risk of the spread of infection", green zones with no confirmed cases in the last 21 days and orange zones in between. (Link)

Production: Since 4 May, clothing factories have been reopening in parts of India, initially for two weeks. (Link)

Government measures: The government has unveiled a USD 23 billion economic stimulus which would provide around 800 million people with basic food over the next three months. However, this will likely not reach many migrant workers who are far from their registered addresses. (Link) In addition, the government is working on a proposal to provide a social security net to unorganised sector workers (such as contract labourers). (Link) On 14 May the distribution of free food for migrants was announced. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 463 million USD worth of grain shipments would benefit 80 million migrants. (Link)

Other developments: Various civil society actors have set up donation funds to support workers. (Link). Among them is the relief funds for workers in India and Bangladesh organised by the Textiles Partnership member FEMNET e.V.

History

6th May Four state governments have issued decrees that allow working hours to be increased from 8 to 12 hours per day in order to allow firms to operate at full capacity and to ensure minimal presence of people. This however would shift the burden disproportionally onto workers. (Link)

29th April Millions of migrant workers are fighting for access to emergency aid. A census of calls to helplines, apps and messages in social media is now expected to help strengthen their rights. (Link)

22nd April The Tirupur clothing cluster affected by COVID-19 sees an opportunity in the production of PSA. "We are much competitive vis-a-vis China as we have the capacity and capability to make PPE kits at one-third of the cost." Says Raja M. Shanmugham, president of the Tirupur Exporters' Association (TEA) (Link)

17th April A first survey for the Indian clothing sector was conducted by Rajesh Bheda Consulting (RBC). Late payments were experienced by 56% of respondents. In 19% of cases, customers refused to pay for their orders. (Link)

7th April Home workers are at risk of missing out on financial support during the lockdown due to lacking proof of employment. (Link)

7th April The Ministry of Textiles establishes new standards for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) units that require a unique certification code called UCC-Covid19. (Link

7th April The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has started a study on the impact of Covid-19 on the country's garment industry. It aims at estimating the loss caused to the industry due to the crisis. (Link)

3rd April The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, is concerned about the millions of migrant workers in India and calls for solidarity and unity. (Link)

1st April According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, many workers are stranded in cramped accommodation on factory sites. Social distancing thus becomes a big challenge. The Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) asks the government to partially reopen factories to allow shift work and therefore more space. (Link)

31st March Survey by the Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI): Initial results indicate that a major crisis is looming in the domestic clothing industry. Only a comprehensive support package from the government can cushion the potential collapse of the industry. (Link)

25th March In a video message, Indian Textile Minister Smriti Irani urges buyers to not cancel any orders and to show solidarity in this difficult times, saying that delivery schedules could be reworked and payment plans extended. (Link)

23rd March The Tirupur region is particularly hit by the supply shortfalls: More than 10,000 production units in Tirupur are currently struggling to maintain their workforce. (Link)

23rd March According to AEPC, the apparel sector has been one of the worst-hit due to coronavirus. It is estimated that around 75% of Indian apparel exporters are now exposed to cancellation of orders and postponement of shipment. In addition, this situation is expected to continue for at least two months and affect shipments worth at least 1 billion USD. (Link)

22nd March The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an immediate financial viable stimulus package for the reeling apparel sector. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Indonesia
Current situation

Lockdown: Partial lockdown in Jakarta and surrounding cities has been extended until 22nd of May.Link)

Production: Production currently suspended or greatly reduced. Many workers have been sent home. (Link) Indonesian textile companies start production of medical masks and protective suits. (Link)

Government measures: USD 8.1 billion were made available to support the economy through tax incentives. A further stimulus package of USD 1.4 billion is intended to enable, among other things, tax suspensions and the easing of credit payments. ( (Link)

History

9th May An Indonesian trade group warns that upwards of 70 per cent of the country’s garment factories could be forced to permanently close in the coming months as they’re crippled by dwindling orders and no financial support. (Link)

22nd April According to the Indonesian Industry Minister, 28 textile companies have shifted their production to the manufacture of PPE masks. He added, however, that mostly large companies are producing protective equipment whereas SMEs are having problems adapting their production. According to the report, 1.5 million textile workers have been on furlough - most of them from SMEs. (Link)

13th AprilIndonesia’s preemployment card program, a social safety net offering aid similar to unemployment benefits, saw an immediate spike in interest within a few days of its launch, as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs nationwide. (Link)

7th April Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasmita announced that 35 companies are expanding their capacity to produce the medical equipment needed to combat COVID-19. By the beginning of May, about 18.4 million items will be produced, which may also be exported abroad. (Link)

29th March Indonesian textile companies convert their production to manufacture masks and protective clothing for medical use. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear FoundationDetailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Cambodia
Current situation

Lockdown: There is currently no nationwide lockdown. In Phnom Penh, schools were closed and social distancing measures are in place.

Production: According to GMAC around 180 factories have currently suspended their operations, another 60 factories would follow soon (as of 5 May). Around 200.000 workers have been affected by these suspensions. (Link)

Government measures: Dismissed garment workers receive 70 USD per month - 40 USD from the government and 30 USD from employers. This amounts for approx. a third of the minimum wage. (LinkThe Ministry of Labour has also launched soft-skill trainings for 400 suspended workers in the Mean Chey District. (Link)

History

18th May The government has agreed to a proposal by the Garment Manufacturers' Association of Cambodia (GMAC) to allow garment factories to produce all types of face masks, medical equipment and protective clothing. Background is the high demand of such items as well as the drop of garment and footwear exports in the second quarter of this year. (Link)

21st April According to the Ministry of Labor about 30,000 garment industry workers are currently in temporary quarantine facilities - 15,000 workers have been quarantined in Phnom Penh. (Link)

19th April The Ministry of Labour announced that workers who returned to their home provinces without proper reason during the Khmer New Year will not be paid for the 14-day quarantine. (Link)

15th April GMAC says about 60 per cent of its factories have been severely affected by cancelled orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting about half a million workers and their families. (Link)

25th March Nearly 1,000 garment workers are protesting outside Phnom Penh factory after the owner failed to pay their regular wages, which the company said was due to declining payments from buyers. (Link)

25th March The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) calls for collaboration from all stakeholders in facing the critical situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic. (Link)

20th March The Cambodian government has announced a plan for garment workers to receive 60% of the minimum wage if their factories closed, with 40% coming from the factory owners and 20% provided by the government. (Link)

25th February The government announces tax exemptions for factories severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and the EBA suspension (Link) In addition, workers in the manufacturing industry do not have to pay income tax for six months. (Link)

Further information

Fair Labor Association: brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Better Work: brief overview of the situation and political decisions regarding factories (Link)

Myanmar
Current situation

Lockdown: Schools and restaurants are temporarily closed and large gatherings prohibited until 15 May. However, there is no nationwide lockdown (exception: Mandalay region)Link)

Production: All Myanmar factories will need to close until 15 May for inspections by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, the Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant groups. After passing inspections, factories will be allowed to reopen. (Link)

Government measures: The government has established a COVID-19 fund of USD 70 million in order to inter alia support the textile and garment industry. Moreover, it was decided to extend the income and trade tax payment deadline and to exempt the 2 percent advance income tax on exports until the end of the fiscal year. (Link)

Other developments: The EU will provide five million Euro as an relief funds to support workers in the garment sector. The fund is part of a bigger contribution (USD 25 million) by the the Livelihood and Security Fund (LIFT), the EU, the US as well as Australia.

Members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles can finde more country-specific information on the Members' Platform.

History

29th April According to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population more than 60 000 workers have been suspended in 175 factories in Myanmar. (Link)

21st April The government and the Federation of Garment Workers in Myanmar (FGWM) have announced that they will take legal action against garment factory owners who reopened their factories before the COVID-19 inspections were completed. The reason for this is an order by the Myanmar government requiring all factories to undergo an inspection from 20-30 April. According to the FGWM, about 80 factories have reopened so far - some of them illegally. (Link)

11th April Myanmar's Investment Commission (MIC) has decided to speed up approvals for investments in labour-intensive projects, such as in the manufacturing sector, to reduce the impact of lay-offs. The clothing industry could benefit from this measure.Link)

1st April The President of the Industrial Workers Federation of Myanmar estimates that about 15,000 jobs have been lost in the textile industry, with about 40 factories being closed. The number of jobs lost could rise to 100,000.Link)

30th March Due to low protection in factories, about 30 unions are lobbying for the closure of factories in April - but wages should still be paid. (Link)

29. März More and more factories are shutting down operations in Myanmar as companies in EU countries cancel orders due to the spreading COVID 19 pandemic. (Link)

27th March Thousands of Myanmar garment workers go on strike to save jobs. (Link)

25th March The government announces a USD 70 million package to support the economy. However, it is estimated that tens of thousands of jobs in the garment industry are at risk. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

North Macedonia
Current situation

Lockdown: On 18 March a state of emergency was declared and there is a rotating curfew for different groups of people. The general curfew was extended again on 8 April. Shopping centres, restaurants, cafés etc. are closed. (Link

Production: Apart from cancelled orders, factories that continue their regular production face labour shortages, resulting in delayed delivery of orders.

Government measures: Please see Fair Wear Foundation 

History

25th March On 18 March a state of emergency was declared and there is a rotating curfew for different groups of people. The general curfew was extended again on 8 April. Shopping centres, restaurants, cafés etc. are closed. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Pakistan
Current situation

Lockdown: Pakistan lifted the lockdown from 9 May despite rising infection numbers. (Link)

Production: Parts of the textile industry were able to resume production even before the end of the lockdown. In Punjab and Sindh, the two worst-affected provinces, the reopening of the garment industry has now been approved. (Link)

Government measures: The government approved Rs 3000 (about 17 euro) each for seven million daily wagers as well as Rs 200 billion (about 1.2 billion euros) for exporters. (Link)

History

12th May A large number of factory workers and daily wage earners from various industrial units protest against the non-payment of wages and forced dismissals. (Link)

4th May Initial assessments suggest around 200m USD of orders have been cancelled, while economic activity in the textile industry is down by 15-20 per cent. (Link)

2nd April In the province of Punjab at least half a million workers in the textile and garment industry had lost their jobs by 28 March, according to the Pakistan Workers' Federation. (Link)

2nd April According to Human Rights Watch, the economic shutdown has a disproportionate impact on workers, particularly homeworkers and domestic workers. The textile industry is particularly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak due to order cancellations. (Link)

23rd March The Sindh government announces paid leave for all workers during the lockdown. Nobody should be laid off during the period. (Link)

23rd March The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) urges the government to take drastic measures to save the textile industry from the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Link)

23rd March Due to order cancellations, factories have to shut down their productions. The government has required that all factories pay their workers' full wages for the month of March, however, it is unclear whether wages can be paid in April. (Link)

Further Information

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Portugal
Current situation

Lockdown: The "state of emergency" was ended on 3 May by Prime Minister António Costa. A gradual easing of the lockdown measures will now follow. (Link)

Production: Textile and garment factories are currently operating at reduced capacity and under strict safety precautions. Some factories have temporarily closed due to the high risk of infection. Employees continue to receive their wages, however it its unclear how long this can be guaranteed. (Link)

Government measures: The government announces a 9.2 billion euro package to support workers and provide liquidity to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. (Link)

History

7th April More than 200 companies in the textile and clothing sector in Portugal have already shown their willingness to change their production lines in order to produce PPE. The Technological Centre of the Textile and Clothing Industries (Citeve) has started to develop technical manuals so that the equipment can be produced in accordance with the standards and regulations. Citeve has also reoriented its laboratories and created a specific team dedicadet to COVID-19 solutions. (Link)

25th March  The Portuguese sports and textile industry launches an initiative to supply hospitals with the equipment they need. Several clothing manufacturers from northern Portugal are also offering to switch their textile production to protective masks and clothing. One challenge here is the purchase of suitable fabrics, which are normally imported from India or China. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Romania
Current situation

Lockdown: From 15 May, the state of emergency that had been in force since 23 March will be replaced by the less restrictive state of alert. The restrictions will be gradually relaxed every two weeks according to the epidemiological development (Link)

Production: Factories are still open.

Government measures: In a first package of measures, the Romanian government has decided, among other things, that employers will receive state support to pay their employees. Employees receive a compensation of 75 per cent of their basic salary.

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Tunisia
Current situation

Lockdown:  Tunisia has started with partially lifting the lockdown measures. (Link)

Production: The industry may restart its production with half of the employees if the transport is guaranteed by the company. (Link) 

Government measures: The government announced an USD 850 billion bailout/simulus package to limit the social and economic impact. 450 million dollars are to go to particularly low-income families who have lost their jobs due to the crisis. In addition, the government announced to pay a contribution of USD 70 per employee to the 1,5 million workers in the private sector, with the rest of the salary being paid by employers. (Link) Moreover, the Ministry of Finance also established the Solidarity Fund 1818 , to which some companies have already made donations.

Other developments: Tunisia also receives financial support from external parties. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to a loan of USD 745 million to be distributed to North African countries; the EU is supporting Tunisia with 250 million euros; Italy with 50 million euros. (Link)

History

26th March 26th March 150 people isolate themselves for a month in a factory to produce protective clothing. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Turkey
Current situation

Lockdown:  During the Eid al-Fitr holidays a forday nationwide lockdown will be imposed on 23rd May. (Link)

Production: Textile and garment factories are allowed to continue operating.Link)

Government measures: President Erdogan announced a USD 15.4 billion aid package to limit the economic impact. It includes delays in loan repayments and tax cuts in various sectors, including the textile sector. (Link)

History

7th May Berichten zufolge fielen die Bekleidungsexporte im ersten Quartal um 20,1% auf 4,8 Mrd. USD, und die Exporte von Leder und Lederprodukten gingen um 19,2% auf 469,4 Mio. USD zurück. (Link)

5th May According to the President of the Turkish Garment Manufacturers' Association (TGSD), around 80% of factories had to stop production due to cancelled orders, extended payment terms and demands for discount. In addition, an estimated $3 billion worth of garments are on hold. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Vietnam
Current situation

Lockdown: Vietnam has started to ease its strict social distancing rules. (Link)

Production: Factories are allowed to resume their operations if they adhere to strict health measures.

Government measures: The government has planned various incentives to counter the COVID-19 impact (tax breaks, delayed tax payments and delayed land-use fees for businesses). (Link) Moreover, the National Assembly Standing Committee adopted a cash transfer package worth VND 36 trillion (about 1,4 billion euro) (0.5% of GDP) from the state budget, which support poor households, recipients of social protection program as well as workers who temporarily stopped working or have been on unpaid leave. (Link)

History

8th April Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc announces a five-month first extension for the payment of taxes and land use fees (Link)

8th April Garment 10 Corporation, one of the leading Vietnamese companies in the garment and textile industry, is praised for its rapid transition from garment to face mask production. The company's transition could partially offset the impact of order cancellationsLink)

8th April The Ministry of Industry and Trade said that the main priority at present is to maintain industrial operations. For the textile industry, the Ministry recommended that the government extend the payment deadlines for corporate tax and value-added tax.Link)

31st March The Vietnamese garment and textile industry could lose up to USD 500 million. (Link)

28th March The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) expects that the terminated contracts will lead to loss of income for manufacturers and that 30-50% of the 2.8 million textile workers will have to be laid off in the next two months. (Link)

24th March Due to cancellations, the HCM Association of Garment Textile Embroidery and Knitting estimates that about 40% of the existing fabrics will have to be abandoned or sold at low prices. (Link)

Further information

Fair Wear Foundation: Detailed overview of the current stuation, legislation and reations & measures (Link)

Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

Better Work: Brief overview of the situation and political decisions regarding factories (Link)

Further Country Information

Further information on developments in the producing countries can be found here:

In addition, the GIZ regional project FABRIC is currently organizing the webinar series “Getting through the crisis together” which focuses on the different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemics impacts on the textile and garment industry.

In ten webinars of 60-90 minutes each, industry experts from different parts of the supply chain will discuss opportunities and challenges on the way through the crisis and exchange lessons learned across the region. The format aims at bringing together various industry stakeholders including Asian producers/suppliers, producer associations, brand representatives, civil society actors and international organisations, to analyse the situation on the ground and to identify synergies as well as opportunities for coorperation.   

Contact person: Alexandra Behns (GIZ)

1st session “The Impact of the Crisis on Producers and Workers: Voices from Asia” (29 April, 10am CET): This Webinar focused on the general impact of the pandemic on the textile and clothing industry, in particular in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan and China. Three representatives shared their experiences from the perspective of workers, producers and regional associations. Use the password "Webinar1" for the recording of the webinar .

2nd session "The Impact of the Crisis: The Brands' Perspective" (12 May, 10am CET): The second webinar will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic from the brands' perspective. Besides Maren Barthel, Director at the sustainability solutions provider ELEVATE, speakers include Mathias Diestelmann, Chief Executive Officer at the Partnership’s member company Brands Fashion as well as Dr. Jürgen Janssen, the Partnership’s Manager. Please register via this Link . More information can be found here

3. Session “How can factories bounce back from COVID-19?“ (2 Jun2, 1pm CET): The third webinar will examine business resilience amidst the crisis, and what it takes for manufacturers, small and large, to survive now and thrive in the future. Dr. Raymond Robertson (Direktor, Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy, Texas A&M University), Nicole Chu (Direktorin Corporate Compliance, Sabrina Fashion Industrial Corporation) und Kim van der Weerd (Writer, Podcaster & former garment factory general manager) will share insights on what makes factories more resilient, speak about what measures they have taken to respond to COVID-19, and discuss possible steps to address the impacts the industry now faces, including partnerships, production, management systems, financing, and how to reopen factories while prioritizing worker safety. Please register via this Link . More information can be found here