PO Box 2044
Durham, NC 27702
201 West Main St
Durham, NC 27701
June 14, 2022
During Covid-19, demand for garments and textiles plunged. Many brands cancelled orders or refused to pay for finished goods, forcing massive layoffs and deepening poverty for millions of workers.
The pandemic laid bare the unsustainability of global supply chains: the unfair distribution of risks that allows global brands to profit while workers experience extensive wage theft, and the lack of adequate social protection systems in many producing countries. Social protection is a human right; it also helps prevent poverty and inequality, is essential to resilient supply chains and can reduce risks for companies and investors.
Join us for a webinar hosted by LAPFF to discuss social protection – what it is, why it matters to workers, companies and investors – and hear directly from two garment workers in Thailand who have struggled to recover wages owed them by a major western brand. We’ll also discuss a new model of supply chain industrial relations based on a global and enforceable collective bargaining agreement between trade unions, buyers and suppliers on a social protection bridging fund for garment workers.
Learn more about this topic in Umlas’ recent Croatan View on the growing concern of social protection in the garment and textile sector.