Protecting garment sector workers: occupational safety and health and income support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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GLO/20/20/MUL Africa Asia and the Pacific World Madagascar Bangladesh Cambodia Lao PDR Ethiopia Indonesia Viet Nam Multi Donor Germany Completed This project is part of the Global Flagship Programme on Building Social Protection Floors for All Outputs, outcomes and impact are identified separately by different country components


This project supports constituents in the garment / textile supply chain in selected countries through public and private sector collaboration: (i) To strengthen occupational safety and health (OSH) protection measures to ensure that employers, workers and their families are protected from the direct and indirect health risks of COVID-19 and that workplaces are not negatively impacted by further outbreaks due a poor management of OSH hazards; and (ii) To cushion enterprises against immediate employment and income losses and compensate workers for the loss of income due to COVID 19 by providing wage subsidies and other cash transfers; and to facilitate “back to normality” by maintaining an employment relationship. This integrated strategy is aimed at assisting enterprises to regain normal economic activity and mitigate further interruptions in the supply chain. It also aims at supporting workers in the garment sector, by providing them with income support during the interruption of work, and maintaining an employment relationship with their employer, that will enable them to return to work rapidly. The assisted enterprises are expected to complement the public sector funds by providing in-kind contributions for example in terms of OSH adjustments, engagement in social dialogue, coordination, and leveraging other public funds/investments. The project also supports the practical implementation of the COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry, which encourages organizations endorsing the Action to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment and support employers to survive during the COVID-19 crisis, and to work together to establish sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry.


  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


03.09.2020 - 30.06.2022


16,028,188 / 17,180,095 Development Cooperation



Sickness Unemployment Maternity Inclusive and effective social dialogue Adaptation of social protection systems to new and emerging challenges Digital transformation