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

In this section we give you an overview of the situation and developments in the main procurement countries of our members. For each country you will find a profile with information on the lockdown, production, governmental and other measures. Due to the current situation we currently update monthly. (Last update: 13.08.2020)

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) In August, media report a spike of novel COVID-19 cases in an industrial park. (Link) An ongoing studyin which 5000 women are interviewed about the effects of COVID-19 in the garment industry shows the following first results:

  • 56% of those surveyed are still employed and 24% have paid holidays.
  • 42% of the workforce work the same number of hours
  • Of those who are currently not working, almost no one has been able to find another job;
  • 81% of the dismissed workers would like to return to their jobs;
  • The workers are well informed about COVID-19 and false beliefs or myths seem to be extremely rare.

Government measures: The employers' confederation, labor unions, and the government agreed on a tripartite protocol to prevent layoffs during the crisis. (Link) Government subsidies have enabled manufacturing exporters to benefit from zero-cost rail transport and lower export logistics costs. In addition, the governement's new industrial-parks strategy envisages the establishment of manufacturing hubs to produce PPE for domestic and overseas markets. (Link)

Further Information In July, the ILO published the Report „COVID-19 and the garment and textile sector in Ethiopia: Workers’ perspective“based on a survey among Ethiopian manufacturers.

Bangladesh
Current situation

Lockdown: Since 31 May, the lockdown regulations have been relaxed again. The government slowly resumed economic activity and commercial centres, markets, offices and public transport were reopened. (Link) Given the continuing increase in corona-positive cases, however, some districts with high infection rates are again under lockdown. (Link) Since 1st of July a mandatory curfew between 10:00 pm – 5:00 am is in order. (Link) The government of Bangladesh has placed an area of capital Dhaka under lockdown between July 4, and July 25. (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) 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) Employee representatives have reported that a number of ready-made garment factories have forcibly dismissed workers without notice after the Eid leave. (Link) Local factory owners say most of them are running at 80% capacity as the buyers are coming back with work orders. (Link) Around 600 factories still haven’t paid wages for the month of June. Unrests are rising among the workers. ( (Link) On 31 Juli, the Journal of Public Health published a paper on the impact of COVID-19 on Bangladeshi readymade garment workers. (Link) Above that, the CCC published the report "Un(der)paid in the pandemic: An estimate of what the garment industry owes its workers". It states that readymade garment workers in Bangladesh lost wages worth around $501 million for three months, March to May, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (LinkLink)

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) As people now resume their work following the lockdown lifting, the disaster management ministry has decided to suspend the countrywide relief distribution programme it has been implementing over the past three months. Relief would only be distributed in the hotspot areas. (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) The government's COVID-19 health guideline recommends that employers should provide paid sick leave or special leave for employees with coronavirus symptoms. (Link) According to Labour Minister Begum Monnujan Sufian the Ministry has donated Tk84 crore from its central fund for the welfare of garments workers across the country. (Link)

Other developments: Various civil society actors have set up donation funds to support workers. (Link). Among them is the relief funds Among them is the emergency fund for workers in India and Bangladesh organised by the Textiles Partnership member FEMNET e.V. The European Union is providing 93 million euros to support the estimated one million garment workers in Bangladesh. It is part of the €334 million "Team Europe" aid package to fight the pandemic in Bangladesh. (Link)

Further information

​​​​​​​Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (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) Since numbers of corona-cases are rising, government decided to reimplement former lifted restrictions. (Link)

Production:Production continues in large parts and under health and safety precautions. (Link)

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)

China
Current situation

Lockdown: The lockdown officially ended on 8 April. However, precautionary measures are still being taken. In Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang the lockdown had been reimposed from 19th May to the beginning of June due to new infections. (Link) Due to a new outbreak in China's capital Peking, the city has been placed under lockdown on 15th June. (Link) Recently, a lockdown was also ordered in the Anxin province near Beijing. (Link) Recently, a lockdown was also ordered in the Anxin province near Beijing. (Link) Due to an increased amount of cases in the Xinjiang region, a lockdown was also imposed in the capital, Urumqi. (Link)

Production: For some weeks now, factories in China have been gradually returning to operation. (Link) 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) A media report by Sixth Tone further provides insight into the challenges the garment industry has been facing since the re-opening of the factories in Guangzhou. According to the article, garment factories have been dealing with a great decline in orders , loss of work and existential anxieties. Overall, the Chinese economy has decreased in the first quarter of 2020, currently ten million people are expected to have lost their jobs. (Link) Many factories in China have changed their production with a focus on masks and PPE products. Due to the high global demand for these products, working conditions are particularly intensive, workers are not necessarily trained and accidents occur. (Link) At the same time, the large number of factories that have shifted their production to masks is causing increased competition and quality differences. Factories are being closed and in some regions, protests broke out organised by workers who were dismissed due to the closure of factories. According to media reports, China's 290 million migrant workers are the hardest hit by the crisis. (Link)

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. In large cities, companies that do not lay off employees or reduce the number of lay-offs to a minimum can receive a refund of unemployment insurance premiums. (Link)

Further Information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (Link)

India
Current situation

Lockdown: In early June India announced plans to further relax national lockdown regulations. In the first stage of a three-phase plan, shopping centres, places of worship, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services opened from 8 June. However, these measures do not apply to designated 'containment zones', where there is a higher risk of transmission. (Link) Since August, the central government allows interstate travel without restrictions as a part of the third stage but several states (e.g. Tamil Nadu) extend their lockdown until 31 August. (Link)

Production: Since the easing of the lockdown, factories are slowly resuming production, but with limited capacity. Some factories are currently producing community masks and PSA to help contain the virus and to stay afloat. (Link) Media are increasingly reporting the closure of many garment factories and dismissals of workers. (Link | Link) Those, that are still open are working at half of their capacity at most. (Link) Health and safety of workers are at risk in the reopened factories as COVID-19 cases are surging. (Link) For instance, 135 garment workers have been tested positive for Covid-19 in a garment factory in Karnataka. (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) Given the plight of migrant workers during the Covid 19 pandemic, the Parliament's Standing Committee on Employment is working to ensure that they are covered by social security with legal protection. (Link) The central government has started to map the skills of migrant workers in 30 districts of UP and Bihar to provide them with employment in areas near their hometowns (Link) and the government of Telangana announced that it will form a special welfare scheme for migrant workers. (Link)

In recent weeks, thirteen Indian states have made changes to existing labour laws. The states see the changes as a result of the need to increase the competitiveness of companies after the lockdown. The changes are particularly severe in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. While Madhya Pradesh amended most of the provisions of the Factories Act, the ordinances in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat provide for the suspension of almost all labour laws. (Link) The government continued changing labour laws rapidly in the last two months without consulting trade unions. (Link) Partly due to international pressure, the parliamentary standing committee and the ministry of labour asked the states to avoid changes in labor law. Especially changes of working hour are critisized by the ministry of labor while no deciscion has been made yet about the changes of various other labor laws. (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.

Further information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (Link)

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

Indonesia
Current situation

Lockdown: The Indonesian government is preparing a “New Normal” scenario. The government is planning a five-phase return to post Covid-19 normalcy, starting with the freeing up of transport services on June 1 and the opening up of all economic activities by the end of July. (Link)

Production: Production currently suspended or greatly reduced. Many workers have been sent home. (Link) Indonesian textile companies start the production of medical masks and protective suits. (Link) Over 300 workers in three factories in Semarang City, Java, were tested positive for Covid-19. (Link) Factories are allowed to operate under strict safety and hygiene rules (including the provision of hand washing facilities, the mandatory wearing of face masks, body temperature control, disinfectant spraying and active awareness training for workers on COVID-19). Factories must also close as soon as workers become infected by COVID-19. Most producers have reduced the working hours of their employees to about 15.6 hours per week - with a consequent loss of income. (Link)

Government measures: USD 8.1 billion were made available to support the economy through tax incentives. (Link) 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) Indonesia launched the National Recovery Program on 11th May. The program is estimated at USD 43 billion and includes tax breaks for industry, capital injections for state enterprises and liquidity support for the banking sector. (Link)

Further information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (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 the Cambodian Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, 450 garment, travel goods and footwear factories have currently suspended operations. (Link) According to the Ministry of Labour, exports in the textile sector fell by 5 per cent in the first half of the year compared to the previous year. The Ministry of Labour sees the reasons for this decline in the drop in orders due to COVID-19. According to official figures, 130.000 workers in Cambodia's garment and footwear industry have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Link) The Cambodian government has encouraged newly laid-off workers from the garment industry and migrant workers who returned to Cambodia to work in small-scale farming, as the government shifts its focus to this sector amidst the coronavirus pandemic. (Link) The National Trade Unions Coalition has sent a letter to the government requesting, amongst others, a higher minimum wage for workers in the garment and footwear industry to ease the workers' burdens in the face of the pandemic. (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. (Link) (Link)) However, according to media reports, newly laid-off garment workers disclose to not having received any assistance. (Link) On 25th february the government further announced 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) The Ministry of Labour has also launched soft-skill trainings for 400 suspended workers in the Mean Chey District. (Link) The government-funded cash scheme launched to assist poor and vulnerable households amidst the coronavirus pandemic will be extended until the end of September. (Link)

Other developments: The Japanese government has supported Cambodia with an emergency assistance ranging from medical supplies to technical assistance worth more than $6,3 million through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in June 2020. (Link) (Link) On 11th June, the EU also published a press statement stating that it would assist Cambodia with around $504 million in grants and loans in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and thus further support them in reducing the socio-economic repercussions. (Link)

Further information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (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)

Myanmar
Current situation

Lockdown: After passing inspections by the Ministry of Health and Labour in Myanmar, schools have been able to reopen since July 21st. (Link) Large gatherings and international flights are still prohibited. (Link) In several regions including Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw wearing face masks in public has been imposed by the government. (Link) (Link)

Production: ince the beginning of May Myanmar factories can reopen after passing inspections by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, the Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant groups. (Link) A recently published report of Myanmar Trade Promotion Organisation (MTPO) states that the tourism sector and the textile industry have been hit hardest by the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar. (Link) At the beginning of June the international charity Action Aid reported that around 60,000 garment workers in Myanmar, of which 90% are women, have lost their jobs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having interviewed local workers in Myanmar's garment industry, Action Aid further found that some workers who must work, are facing unsafe working conditions and insufficient protection such as not being provided with face masks. (Link) Furthermore, according to the BHRRC and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, several Myanmar garment factories have been suspected of using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretence to target worker unions. For example, the Myanmar Myan Fashion garment factory dismissed 571 workers at the end of March, 521 of whom were union members. The official reason for the dismissal was a decline in orders due to COVID-19, the factory said, but the dismissals came just hours after several union representatives demanded increased protection for workers against COVID-19 infections. (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 has provided 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.

Further information

​​​​​​​Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (Link)
Fair Labor Association: Brief overview of current development in sourcing countries (Link)

North Macedonia
Current situation

Lockdown: North Macedonia adopted a three-phase plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown. The first phase will involve the reopening of businesses during the state of emergency and the gradual easing of the citizens' movement nationwide. The second phase will allow some workplaces to reopen under recommended measures and strict work protocols in terms of prevention of COVID-19 spread. During the third phase, all workplaces will be allowed to reopen with respect to the basic preventive and anti-pandemic measures for maintaining personal hygiene and physical distance. (Link) The government ordered a lockdown for the cities of Skopje, Shtip, Tetovo and Kumanovo in early June. (Link)

Production:On 28th May there were two cases of illness among textile workers in the town of Shtip, after which the factory was closed. On 1st June, it was decided to close five more garment factories and to test all workers. (Link) According to the Fair Wear Foundation, the garment and textile sector, which accounts for the majority of Northern Macedonia's national exports, has been the most affected sector in Northern Macedonia apart from the tourism industry. The results of the Employers Association of Macedonia's survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Macedonia further underline these circumstances. 85% of the participants in the survey stated that the volume of sales decreased significantly due to cancelled orders from foreign buyers. (Link)

Government measures:  The government supports companies on salaries. In addition, it grants reduced credits, reduces installment payments and provides a state guarantee for commercial loans and customs debts. To support the textile industry, the government has committed EUR 1 million to create a digital platform on which companies can offer their products. (Link)

Pakistan
Current situation

Lockdown: Despite the rapidly increasing coronavirus cases, the Pakistani Prime Minister announced in early June that no new lockdown would be imposed. (Link) Since July 8, however, Pakistan's 30 cities have entered into a smart lockdown to contain the further spread of COVID-19. (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) 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) The unrests are ongoing, as wages for up to 4-5 months remain unpaid. (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)

Further information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (Link)
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) Due to increasing infections and deaths, lockdown regulations will again apply in parts of the Lisbon metropolitan area from 1 July. (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)

Further information

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. On 16 July, the state of alert was extended for the second time for a period of 30 days. The restrictions will be gradually relaxed every two weeks according to the epidemiological development (Link) Due to increased mobility, the number of COVID-19 cases has started to rise again since the beginning of August. (Link) Due to increased mobility, the number of COVID-19 cases has started to rise again since the beginning of August. (Link) However, the head of the country's Emergency Situations Unit (DSU) announced that a lockdown for the entire country is very unlikely, but that it could be imposed on single regions or cities. (Link)

Production: Factories have not been prohibited from working, but they are obliged to take extended health and safety measures. (Link)

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.

Tunisia
Current situation

Lockdown: In the beginning of May Tunisia started with partially lifting the lockdown measures. (Link) Tunisia reopened its boarders on June 27. (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)

Turkey
Current situation

Lockdown: Turkey reopened most of its public places on 1st June 2020. Restaurants, cafés, gyms, swimming pools, beaches, parks, libraries and museums are open again all over the country. (Link)

Production: Textile and garment factories are allowed to continue operating. Due to the cancellations, some factories had to close temporarily. (Link) The capacity utilisation rate of the textile industry decreased from 84.9% in February to 47.1% in April. (Source: Webinar FLA). According to Exporters Association (ITKIB), exports declined by 16,5 % during the January-July period compared to the previous year. (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)

Further information

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

Vietnam
Current situation

Lockdown: In early May Vietnam started to ease its strict social distancing rules. (Link) After the first COVID-19 realted death was announced in Vietnam on July 31st (Link), the government will put areas considered epicentres under strict quarantine. (Link)

Production: Factories are allowed to resume their operations if they adhere to strict health measures. The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) reported a 15% decrease in revenues and 25% decrease in profits despite partially switching to manufacturing face masks and protective clothing and retaining all its workers. (Link)

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) 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) However most of the affected businesses and workers report that they have not been able to get access to the support package of the Vietnamese Government. (Link)

Further information

Clean Clothes Campaign: Daily updates about country-specific developments in the textile supply-chain (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 Online-Workshop-Reihe „Getting through this 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. Find the Recording of the webinar.

3rd Session “How can factories bounce back from COVID-19?“ (2 June, 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. You can watch the Recording of the webinar here.

4th session "Sustainability: How to stay on course during COVID-19?" (Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1pm CET): The fourth FABRIC webinar is being held in cooperation with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which will present the results of a survey of member companies on COVID-19. Afterwards, Eranthi Premaratne (Director Facilities, SAC), Matthew Guenter (Senior Environmental Sustainability Manager, TAL Apparel Limited) and Vijay N. Suvarna (Sustainability & Compliance, Asiatan/TecTuff) will discuss the implications for facilities, especially on ensuring worker safety. Finally, we will debate how facilities and other industry stakeholders can stay committed to sustainability during times of crisis and what it means for tools such as the Higg Index by SAC and the way it is implemented across the industry. Watch the Recording of the webinar

5th session “COVID-19 and Beyond: Making Gender Equality a Reality” (Tuesday, June 30 from 1-2.30pm CET): The fifth webinar will look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in the textile and garment sector in Asia from a gender perspective. Nazma Akter (Awaj Foundation), Scott Deitz (Convene Communication Strategies) und Elly Rosita Silaban (KSBSI) will share insights from Bangladesh and Indonesia, and discuss strategies to ensure gender is at the forefront of the COVID-19 recovery. They will also talk about the social and economic benefits of gender inclusive business operations in the textile and garment industry. Recording of the webinar

6th Session “Workers Voices: The Impact of COVID-19 on Garment Workers” (Tuesday, July 14, 12pm CET): The sixth webinar will look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in the textile and garment sector in Asia. How has their life changed under COVID-19? How did they experience the outbreak of the pandemic and the impacts on their industry in their private and in their work life? What are their fears and concerns? What do they want the outside world to know? Materials are being presented which have been prepared by garment workers in Myanmar and Cambodia, presenting their perspectives on the current situation. We will hear insights from local trade union leaders and an international researcher on global workers’ rights and how solutions can work for both, workers and factories. Recording of the webinar

7th Session 'What changes can suppliers expect from their clients in Europe and how can they manage financial risks?' (Thursday, August 13, 10am CET): This seventh will focus on how supply chains can remain liquid. We will hear insights from two Partnership brands, H&M and Orsay, about the changing conversation within fashion retail when it comes to sustainability and buying and what brands can do to help prevent another situation where the supply chain is struggling to survive. Our discussion will cover potential changes at brand headquarters as well as in relations between buying teams and producers, what suppliers might expect from brands and retailers as they place new orders, and how they can ensure supply chain partners remain financially healthy. Based on this discussion, the Chairman and CEO of Interloop Holdings, a major Asian producer, will reflect on what the supply chain thinks the future holds. Further information and Registration