H&M, ILO and SIDA launch industrial relations project for the development of socially sustainable textile and garment industry in Ethiopia

H&M, International Labor Organization (ILO) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have launched an industrial relations project aiming to improve the development of a socially sustainable textile and garment industry in Ethiopia.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Promoting a well-functioning dialogue between the partners on the labour market is a fundamental and important part of H&M’s fair living wage strategy. ILO highlights the importance of promoting freedom of association and collective bargaining as necessary for workers and employers to negotiate wages and working conditions. We share this view and that is why our strategy is focusing on improving industrial relations in our strategy. This three year project will assist the Ethiopian government, social partners and major industry stakeholders in their efforts to promote social dialogue and improve productivity as well as improve wages and working conditions through nurturing sound labour relations practices and promoting collective bargaining.

The project is funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and H&M and implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Confederation of Ethiopian Trade Unions and Ethiopian Employers Federation.

-Well-functioning relations and social dialogue on the labor market is key to improve working conditions and establish fair living wages. We are engaged in projects which have the aim of strengthening employees’ rights and their ability to negotiate on their own behalf on their terms and conditions through trade unions and or democratic elected employee representatives. Our goal is for all of our strategic supplier factories to have democrati¬cally elected and functional work¬place representation in place by 2018 at the latest, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

H&M has an ongoing industrial relation project in Cambodia in collaboration with SIDA and ILO .This project in Ethiopia is part of the agreement between the ILO and H&M was signed in September 2014. It intends to establish a positive and innovative model for other brands and create a global alliance to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in the supply chain of the global garment industry.

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H&M in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency open first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries in Dhaka, Bangladesh

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2014-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — In November 2013, H&M introduced a roadmap based on our vision that a fair living wage covering workers and their families basic needs should be paid by all our commercial goods suppliers. As part of the roadmap H&M will support textile workers at our supplier factories to have access to education, skill development and ensuring they are employed at a level matching their skills. They should also be able to bargain collectively through elected representatives.

Collaboration is the key to achieve a positive change. Many different stakeholders need to work together in order to find long lasting improvements. That is why H&M in cooperation with ILO and Swedish Development Agency (SIDA) is introducing a first ever Centre of Excellence for the Bangladesh Apparel Industries (CEBAI )in Dhaka, Bangladesh. On December 7, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh officially opened the Centre of Excellence during a ceremony held at the Dhaka Apparel Summit in Dhaka.

The project is technically and financially supported by H&M and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and ILO is the implementing partner. With this project H&M want to learn and better understand how certified training can increase wages establish a replicable model and if successful scale it up.

This three – year project aims to provide training that will raise the workers’ level of education, provide them with skills required for development of the industry and increase their employability. In addition to training workers, the project will also train supervisors and managers on occupational safety and health, disability inclusion, workers’ rights and responsibilities. The project will deliver training and certification for instructors, industry trainers and assessors and briefings for managers and executives of enterprises. Consistent with employment trends of the RMG sector, most beneficiaries will be women and there is a five per cent target to include people with disabilities. The Centre of Excellence is located in Ashulia, a ready-made garment (RMG) cluster area close to Dhaka.

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