Decent Work/Social & Labour Standards

What is Decent Work and why is it important to the garment industry?

Decent Work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives.

It involves opportunities for work that delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for all; It also ensures freedom for people to express their concerns, and facilitates equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. Decent Work is underpinned by a framework of International Labour Standards, which are enshrined in everything from national labour laws to business human rights frameworks and social audit standards.

Keen to find out more about Decent Work and Social & Labour Standards? This section provides latest news, data and analysis, events and training on the subject, as well as opportunities to connect with leading organizations putting Decent Work at the core of their operations.

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Improving road safety for garment workers in Vietnam

Improving road safety for garment workers in Vietnam

Every year, more than 24,970 people die in traffic accidents in Vietnam. Find out why this also affects the textile sector and how to improve road safety for garment factory workers.

Learnings and Tools

Learnings and Tools

Find learning materials and tools on Decent Work/Social & Labour Standards that provide knowledge about work opportunities that are productive and provide fair incomes, job security, and social protection for families, as well as better prospects for personal development and social inclusion.

Latest News on Decent Work/Social & Labour Standards


Demand to establish complaint boxes, anti-abuse committee in every factory

The OSHE Foundation (Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation), an organisation that works on labour issues, has placed some demands in order to end violence against women in the leather industry and factories in Bangladesh.

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Five ways to raise garment worker wages

After many months of negotiations, the national minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh was formally announced last week—Tk 12,500 ($114). This has been met with mixed reactions.

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H&M first to help meet workers' higher wages

Swedish retailer H&M has become the first major fashion company to increase the prices it pays for orders from Bangladesh to reflect the new increase in the minimum wage for garment workers. The new minimum wage of BDT 12,500 ($114) a month represents a 56% increase from the BDT 8,000 ($75) which had been in place since 2018 - although unions and campaigners say it is still not enough to meet basic needs.

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Report: Making the case for higher wages in the Cambodian garment sector

This report has been commissioned by CNV International as part of their Fair Work Monitor to provide key data on incomes and expenses of workers, which would be useful to understand the economic situation of workers and support stakeholders to respond to the situation.

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Asia Garment Hub  | September 07, 2023

Tutorial on using the Handbook to Establish Model Enterprise Clinics

This video provides business enterprises in Bangladesh with a step by step guide on how to establish clinics for their staff. It provides a checklist on government requirements and international standards for staff clinics. It is in Bangla with English Subtitles.


ILO  | September 06, 2023

Investments in childcare for gender equality in Asia and the Pacific

This is a study on the public provision of childcare across 48 economies in Asia and the Pacific through the lens of accessibility, affordability, quality, and decent work for childcare workers. Based on its findings, the study offers recommendations for increased investments in...

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Sustainability Guidelines for Employers: Model Enterprise Clinics at RMG Industries in Bangladesh

The ‘Model Enterprise Clinics’ are those factory-based health clinics which fully comply with all regulatory requirements enshrined in the Bangladesh Labour Rules. Model Enterprise Clinics are considered one of the important elements of a factory as they provide preventive...

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Guidelines to Establish Model Enterprise Clinic at RMG Industries in Bangladesh

These Guidelines are based on the existing Government Regulations, i.e., Bangladesh Labour Rules 2015 and the stakeholder perspectives for establishing Model Enterprise Clinics in RMG factories. In following sections all important elements for Model Enteprise Clinics – as per...

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Pictorial Handbook To Establish Model Enterprise Clinic At RMG Industries in Bangladesh

The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour & Employment and Employers' Associations in Bangladesh, including BGMEA, BKMEA, and BEF, is working to establish effective Enterprise Clinics within factories. CMED Health as a knowledge...

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Industry Events on Decent Work/Social & Labour Standards

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New Labour Regimes in Southeast Asia

2023-12-14 00:00:00+07:00 to 2023-12-15 23:59:59+07:00  UTC+07

Penang, Malaysia

Manifest Vegas: The Future of Supply Chain & Logistics

2024-02-05 00:00:00+07:00 to 2024-02-07 23:59:59+07:00  UTC+07

Las Vegas, USA

A future without modern slavery: EU-legislation and upcoming requirements for the textiles sector

2024-02-28 15:00:00+07:00 to 2024-02-28 16:30:00+07:00  (3:00 PM — 4:30 PM)  UTC+07


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