Strategic partnership for garment supply chain transformation
The Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation is an innovative programme to improve labour conditions in the garment industry by Fair Wear Foundation, CNV Internationaal and Mondiaal FNV, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The partners aim to demonstrate how it is possible to move towards living wages, constructive social dialogue and reducing gender based violence, by developing practical solutions to key problems in garment supply chains.
With real examples from actual garment supply chains, the partnership will provide guidance to brands, factories, trade unions, governments and civil society organisations, of how a transformed and improved garment industry can work – and benefit all parties.
Engaging all supply chain actors
Local organisations will play a significant role in the development and execution of pilot projects. The partnership aims to bring together the expertise of trade unions, NGOs, and progressive brands and factories, to ensure that all supply chain actors are engaged.
The five-year effort (2016-2020) is led by Fair Wear Foundation, Dutch trade unions Mondiaal FNV and CNV Internationaal and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It also includes a varied network of organisations in Europe and eight garment-producing countries in Asia and Africa.
Mapping the current status of the industry
CNV Internationaal carried out country mappings in Cambodia and Vietnam in the context of this Partnership for Supply Chain Transformation, on the current status of the industry structure, social dialogue, gender-based violence and living wage debates in the apparel industry in Cambodia and Vietnam.
MC CBA project
The Strategic Partnership aims to improve working conditions and give workers a voice through dialogue and representation. One of the pilot projects that CNV Internationaal has initiated in West-Java (Indonesia) is the development of Multi Company Collective Bargaining Agreement (MC CBAs). These have been initiated in collaboration with unions, factories, and government. Currently various new MC CBA projects are being developped in other regions in Indonesia.
The CBAs these parties concluded cover matters such as health and safety, working hours, and compliance with wage agreements. ‘Small investments can make a huge difference for workers,’ said CNV’s Henk Van Beers, ‘for example, a higher chair to relieve back pain for pregnant women workers.’