Social dialogue benefits workers and companies

The Partnership members Tchibo and Adidas, along with other companies from the region, NGOs, the ILO and trade unions, attended a conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Its main topic was the relevance of social dialogue in the textile industry.

All those present agreed that dialogue between management and workers is a key mechanism for improving social standards and production conditions. Textile entrepreneurs from Pakistan described how production conditions in their plants have been improved using this approach. The key message was that everyone benefits from optimising work processes and improving the design of workplaces.

A Cambodian trade union representative stressed that their work focuses on creating a culture of trust and cooperation between the management and the workforce, and on setting up joint health and safety committees (organisation) in factories.

The event was organised by the GIZ regional programme Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector in Asia, which supports approaches by the private sector and state players in the textile and clothing industry in South-East Asia. This helps to improve the social and labour standards in the sector.