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An enormous industry

The textile industry is enormous, employing more than 47 million men and women worldwide. It is important to CNV Internationaal that the clothing you buy has been produced in a fair and sustainable manner.

Together with our local partner unions, especially in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, we work to establish decent working conditions for the people who make our clothes. Think about things like living wages, workplaces that are healthy and safe, and workers who have the freedom to join the union of their choice.

Learn more on the impact of COVID-19 on the apparell industry workers

What does CNV Internationaal do?

We contribute on a global scale to Decent Work efforts in low income countries. Countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where  much of our clothing is produced. By supporting local trade unions and the workers in textile factories, and helping them to stand up for their rights, we aim to improve working conditions there.

We also work on the situation in the Netherlands, focusing on Dutch clothing brands and working together towards improvement.

Download our position paper on the garment sector

STITCH Programme

CNV Internationaal is one of the partners in the STITCH Programme: The Sustainable Textile Initiative; Together for Change. STITCH wants workers to feel free to speak up, to form unions, and be able to bargain collectively for better working conditions. STITCH helps workers be heard by bringing together national and international supply chain stakeholders. We do this by:

  • Strengthening unions and thus strengthening the influence of workers in the supply chains
     
  • Influencing brands as they are the most powerful players in the supply chains. We aim to create space for workers to organize and secure them a place at the negotiation table.
     
  • Improving brands’ purchasing habits. This will lead the way to better working conditions, as well as reward freedom of association at supplier and factory levels.
     
  • Influencing governments in market countries and effecting international legislation for human rights, so we can create an “ecosystem” that supports the entire process.
     

Read more: STITCH Programme

Our work: MC CBA agreements

Learn more on our work to improve labour rights together through Multi Company Collective Bargaining Agreements in Indonesia and Vietnam. These agreements apply to several companies of the same sector within the same region. The big advantage is to upscale both labour and productivity improvements while reducing social unrest and avoiding unfair competition. These MC CBA’s include matters such as health and safety, working hours and compliance with wage agreements. Our aim is to upscale this sustainable inclusive approach and to involve new regions, new factories and employers. Garment brands are also involved to promote constructive social dialogue and freedom of association within their supply chain

How to set up a constructive social dialogue in Vietnam

Building trust through social dialogue in Indonesia

IRBC Covenant Sustainable Textile and Clothing

We are also active in the garments sector in the Netherlands where we contribute to responsible business practices (IRBC). 

We look forward to a (near) future where the entire textile sector sells fair trade clothing!

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