COVID-19

What impact has the COVID-19 pandemic had on the global garment and textiles sector so far?

The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has sent shockwaves through the global garment and textiles industry. What started with localized restrictions and supply chain bottlenecks in Asia quickly became the biggest crisis the industry has faced in decades –with far reaching consequences across the supply chain. With the pandemic still evolving and manufacturing still unable to return to pre-pandemic norms, the true impact of this unprecedented crisis may not be known for several years to come.

Garment and textiles manufacturers in Asia have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. Many have had to temporarily or permanently shut down operations, leaving huge numbers of workers either unemployed or with insufficient work and income to survive. What lessons can the industry learn from this crisis, and how can it build back better? Get the latest news on COVID-19, discover good practices, and connect with industry insiders here.

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How to navigate the pandemic and build a resilient garment factory?

How to navigate the pandemic and build a resilient garment factory?

Building business resilience during and after the COVID-?19 pandemic has become one of the most important topics for garment manufacturers. The new ILO guides help garment factories to improve their resilience.

Let’s talk! Social Dialogue helps Asian garment industry navigate the COVID-19 crisis

Let’s talk! Social Dialogue helps Asian garment industry navigate the COVID-19 crisis

Manufacturers from three countries share how worker-employer dialogue has been key to surviving the pandemic.

Latest news on COVID-19


Covid-19 Law Lab: Collecting legal documents from the Covid-19 response

"COVID-19 Law Lab is a database of laws implemented in response to the pandemic in 190+ countries. It includes human rights and workplace topics such as state of emergency declarations, quarantine mea ...

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Nike, Adidas supplier in Zhejiang listed as medium-risk for Covid-19

A number of districts in Ningbo, Zhejiang, have been listed as medium-risk for Covid-19, including the location of three factories and adjacent dormitory areas belonging to the giant Ningbo Shenzhou ( ...

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Textile factories operating at 25% capacity, state intervention needed

"The Textile Industries Chamber has confirmed the textile and garment sector is suffering greatly during the current period as a result of the significant rises in the prices of imported raw materials ...

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Business Resilience Guides: Guides for garment factories to build resilience during and after COVID-19

The ILO provides a series of six action-oriented guides for garment factories in Asia to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and to build business resilience. This fact sheet provides an introduction to the series.

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Arron Goldman  | August 08, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 in Myanmar: a study of workers laid-off in the garment sector

Myanmar garment sector, a major contributor to jobs and livelihoods for the country, has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arron Goldman  | August 18, 2021

The impact of COVID-19 on Myanmar's garment sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the global garment sector and has been felt in every part of the supply chain. Myanmar’s garment sector, a major contributor to jobs and livelihoods for the country, has been no exception, and during 2020, faced significant...

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Arron Goldman  | August 18, 2021

Highlights from the webinar "Business Resilience - How can factories bounce back from COVID-19"

This video features highlights from the webinar "Business Resilience - How can factories bounce back from COVID-19", co-organized by GIZ FABRIC and ILO’s Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia project. It looks at business resilience in the crisis and what small and large...

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The Asia Garment Hub  | January 05, 2022

ឧស្សាហកម្មកាត់ដេរនៅតំបន់អាស៊ីក្រោយវិបត្តិជំងឺកូវីដ-១៩

The post-COVID-19 garment industry in Asia (Khmer version)

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Has the pandemic worsened existing issues in the garment industry? Part 2

Charles Bodwell, Enterprise Development Specialist - East Asia and Pacific at International Labour Organization (ILO), joins Prof. Anant Nyshadham, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Good Business Lab, to discuss the impact of the pandemic on labor intensive industries...

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Arron Goldman  | August 18, 2021

Recovering towards a human-centred future of work in Asia and the Pacific

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Arron Goldman  | July 05, 2021

Industry Events on COVID-19

Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference 2022

2022-03-16 00:00:00+07:00 to 2022-03-16 23:59:59+07:00  UTC+07

Kings Place, London, UK



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