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ILO, Brazil's textile industry partner for decent work
May '17
From L-R: Representatives of Zara Brasil, Abit, Instituto Lojas Renner, ILO, Instituto C&A and ABVTEX at the signing ceremony of the new partnership. Courtesy: Evandro Monteiro de Carvalho/Abit
From L-R: Representatives of Zara Brasil, Abit, Instituto Lojas Renner, ILO, Instituto C&A and ABVTEX at the signing ceremony of the new partnership. Courtesy: Evandro Monteiro de Carvalho/Abit
The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Brazilian Textile Retail Association (ABVTEX), the Brazilian Association of the Textile and Apparel Industry (Abit), the C&A Institute, the Lojas Renner Institute and Zara Brasil have joined hands for implementation of a new project to promote decent work in the textile and clothing sector in São Paulo.

Under the title ‘Promoting improvements in working conditions and management in sewing workshops in São Paulo’, the project will work in three areas: to promote awareness of rights and the empowerment of vulnerable populations working in sewing workshops; to promote awareness (especially in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) and strengthen the capacity of institutions at the federal, state and municipal levels; and to articulate and implement policies to improve working conditions in factories, with special attention to migrant workers.

In recent years, Brazil has witnessed arrival of a growing number of migrants from other countries in Latin America and Africa. The new project aims at transforming the management structure of the textile and clothing production chain by highlighting the strategic importance of risk prevention that arise from the exploitation of the labour force of vulnerable populations, especially the migrant population, Abit said in a release.

Brazilian textile and clothing industry is among the largest in the world, employing millions of people. And as in all industries, it is necessary to take specific actions to implement decent work agenda. Hence, the in addition to labour exploitation, the project would also address the lack of adequate health and safety conditions at work, the release added.

“This new partnership between the ILO and Brazil’s textile industry and retail sector will help the country promote socially and economically sustainable productive chains, generating decent work for workers in the sector,” said Peter Poschen, director of the ILO Office in Brazil, during the signing ceremony in São Paulo. 

Abit’s president, Fernando Pimentel, pointed out that “Abit has been working in partnership with various national and international agencies and institutions to curb this practice of human exploitation in our production and distribution chain, which is intolerable for damages that cause the people subjected to this situation”. According to him, this is a complex framework, with a regional and international scope, requiring coordinated actions by public and private agents to eliminate the problem worldwide.

“So we have stated that if the market is global, the modes of production must also be more and more globalised, with standards to be followed by all countries and producers. Unfair competition and the lack of common rules are incentives for an inconceivable mode of production for human dignity,” he added.

Created in 1999, the Decent Work concept synthesises ILO’s historic mission of promoting opportunities for men and women to achieve productive and quality work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. (RKS)

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