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Strategic Partnership for Garment Supply Chain Transformation

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 demonstrate and explore possibilities 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 provides 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) was 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.  



How to set up a constructive sociale dialogue 

CNV Internationaal's MC CBA projects in Indonesia and Vietnam 

The Strategic Partnership aims to improve working conditions and give workers a voice through dialogue and representation. One of the projects that CNV Internationaal has initiated is the development of Multi Company Collective Bargaining Agreement (MC CBAs) in West-Java (Indonesia) . 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 are concluding 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.’

Working in Indonesia 

Working in Vietnam

Working in Cambodia 


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More information on this partnership for garment supply chain transformation 


Summary - Transforming the garment supply chain together (twopager PDF)
Short paper - The importance of social dialogue for improving workers' lives in the ready made garment industry
Project - Developing multicompany CBA's in Indonesia - How to set up a constructive social dialogue (video)

Background country information

Country mappings of the garment producing countries where the partnership is working
provides general country information, describe the economic, social, political, and governance situation as well as the general human rights situation, using international indicators and comparing the country to other garment producing countries.

Cambodia - Country Mapping Garment Supply Chain
Cambodia - Country Mapping Garment (in Khmer language)
Vietnam -Country Mapping Garment Supply Chain
Vietnam - Country Mapping Garment Supply Chain (Vietnamese language)
Indonesia - Joint Country Mapping Garment Supply Chain