Support in improving labour and social standards in the textile and apparel industry in Punjab, Pakistan

Short description

In Punjab, the labour inspectorate was de facto abolished between 2003 and 2010. Measures designed to re-establish an effective and efficient labour inspectorate can be broken down into three fields of activity:

  1. Capacity development measures for state institutions and promotion of improved cooperation
  2. Promotion of dialogue between state, private-sector and civil society actors
  3. Communicating incentives and advising companies on ways of improving social standards

At organisational level, the units and institutions of the Punjab Ministry of Labour and Employment will become qualified to provide better advisory services in the field of prevention and to improve the training provided to labour inspectors. Social dialogue encourages the involvement of state, private-sector and civil society actors in the reform of the labour inspectorate, thus helping reconcile interests. In addition, textile and clothing companies receive support in the form of organisational development measures to combine positive changes in the field of social standards with productivity gains.


The Federal Foreign Office backed project ‘Implementation of Social Standards Support Programme to the Textile and Garment Industry in Punjab’ (Term August 2014 – July 2016 and September 2016 – December 2016) established a platform for political dialogue on labour and social standards. Within the framework of a cooperative arrangement with DGUV, BG ETEM, SAA-CIWCE, local NGOs and other stakeholders, the project calculates the cost-benefit ratio of health and safety at work for the textile and clothing industry in Punjab, i.e. the economic return on investment in preventive measures in the field of health and safety at work. In five selected clothing factories in Punjab, compliance with labour and social standards and productivity has been verifiably improved in dialogue between management and the workforce. Business cases for the cost-benefit analysis are being drawn up.

Support in improving labour and social standards in the textile and apparel industry in Punjab, Pakistan

Country / Region:
Pakistan / Punjab

Project running time:
January 2017 – December 2018

Project partners:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Romina Kochius


As of: March 2018