COVID-19 Update
Impacts on the Garment Supply Chain
Current information and media coverage

13th May On 19 May and 17 June the OECD will host the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct in virtual form. The event on 19 May on the subject of "Responsible Business Conduct and COVID-19" includes the side session "ASIA - Learning from the COVID-19 crisis to build more resilient garment supply chains in Asia" (9-10 am). Information about the agenda and registration can be found here.

14th May In his blog, Janhavi Dave of HomeNet South Asia explains what global and local brands need to do to protect homeworkers, the backbone of the garment industry. (Link)

5th May McKinsey & Company has published a new report "Time for change: how to use the crisis to make fashion sourcing more agile and sustainable" which is based on a survey with 116 sourcing executives revealing immediate responses to the crisis and detailing strategies to reshape sourcing for a demand-driven, sustainable future. (Link)

4th May Ecotextile has published a white paper on the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cotton supply chains. The report can be ordered for a nominal fee. (Link)

4th May The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) publishes results of a member survey on the impacts of the pandemic on the garment industry. (Link)

30th April Boston Consulting Group, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Higg Co publish the report "Weaving a Better Future; Rebuilding a More Sustainable Industry After COVID-19". (Link)

30th April The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has published a position paper on the human rights due diligence of transnational companies in times of the Corona crisis. (Link)

23th April Various brands and retailers, including companies from the Textiles Partnership, have endorsed a new cross-industry initiative to provide urgent financial relief to vulnerable garment factories and workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The endorsed "Call for Action" can be found here.

21st April Together with nine international organisations, the Textiles Partnership publishes a statement on responsible action in times of the COVID-19 crisis. The various MSI call on governments, multilateral institutions, brands and retailers, and other stakeholders in the garment sector to enter into dialogue and act together to protect workers and shape sustainable supply chains. (Link)

16th April The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) publishes the report "Respecting Human Rights in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examining Companies' Responsibilities for Workers and Affected Communities", which is based on interviews with human rights and health experts, professionals from humanitarian organisations, economists, and corporate executives. (Link)

15th April The OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct has produced a Guideline in which it reviews the challenges the COVID-19 crisis presents for business behaviour and outlines initial responses by governments and companies. A short version can be found here.

15th April In a thematic brief, the ILO sheds light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Asian garment manufacturers, while outlining key recommendations for factories to overcome the crisis. (Link)

10. April The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) publishes the tool "Human Rights Due Diligence and COVID-19: A rapid self-assessment for business" that helps business to manage the human rights impacts in their operations. (Link)

9th April The Sustainable Textile of Asian Region (STAR) Network publishes a joint statement on responsible purchasing practices that it calls on companies to commit to. (Link)

7th April The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) currently supports measures by privately owned companies that alleviate the negative impact of COVID-19 in developing and emerging-market countries. (Link)

6th April The Fair Labour Association publishes recommendations on how companies can help to protect worker's livelihoods responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  (Link)

2nd April The Better Buying Initiative published guidelines for 'Better' Purchasing Practices based on the results of supplier surveys and recent industry reports. (Link)

2nd April The UN Global Compact explains on its website how the Ten Principles of the Global Compact can guide business leaders in responding o the COVID-19 crisis. (Link)

1st April The civil society in the Textiles Partnership published a press release "Economic effects of the COVID 19 crisis are fatal for workers in production countries", in which they call on the Partnership to work together for workers in the textile supply chain. (Link)

31st March The network HomeNet South Asia published a Charter of Demands in its report on the impact of COVID-19 on home-based workers, who have not been features in income support programmes so far. (Link)

30th March The organisation „Business for Social Responsibility“ BSR published the Rapid Human Rights Due Diligence Tool that guides through human rights due diligence in time sensitive situations. (Link

28th March Fair Wear Foundation publishes a guidance outlining the risiks of corona from a workers' rights perspective, and what should happen to mitigate these risks. (Link)

28th March According to the government in Bangladesh, factories that manufacture protective equipment against coronavirus or have international work orders may remain open. However, factories must provide adequate safety measures. (Link)

27th March The Center for Global Workers' Rights publishes a research brief "The impact of COVID-19 on workers and businesses at the bottom of global garment industries" based on responses from an online survey of Bangladesh employers. (Link)

25th March The International Apparel Federation (IAF) calls on the apparel supply chain and its stakeholders to enact sufficient supply chain solidarity. (Link)

23rd March The Asia Floor Wage Alliance publishes a "Statement on Garment Workers' Demands in the face of the COVID-19 Crisis", highlighting developments across the region and listing demands for brands, retailers and governments to protect workers. (Link)

Live-Blogs and further resources
Clean Clothes Campaign

The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is collecting new information on its live blog about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the rights and situation of textile workers.


Via its news ticker, the online magazine continuously reports on new developments in the corona crisis.


The online news portal for the apparel and textile industry provides daily information on current developments regarding the impacts on the global textile industry. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Under the thread "COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak: Supply chain workers", the BHRRC provides up-to-date information on the impact of the outbreak on workers' rights as well as measures taken by governments and companies.

Better Work

Better Work Programm publishes updates about the impacts of COVID-19 on production countries (e.g. Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam) as well as relevant policy responses. 

Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation provides information and guidance regarding the impact of COVID-19 in the garment sector for all FWF production countries.

Fair Labor Association

The Fair Labor Association provides continuous information about country-specific developments.

IndustriAll Global Union

IndustriALL publishes on its homepage up-to-date information on reactions from trade unions from all over the world. 

Gesamtverband textil+mode

The Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry publishes information and material for companies, including information on protective equipment, financial support measures and legal issues in times of COVID-19. (only in German)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

On its website the SAC provides information and resources that are based on a member survey and that can help companies and factories to navigate through the current crisis.