A series of six action-oriented guides has been developed to help garment factories in Asia navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and to build business resilience.

Designed primarily for second tier and sub-contracting factories, the new resource from the International Labour Organization (ILO) includes step-by-step instructions for garment factory managers.

Topics include: 

  • Cash flow management;
  • Reducing costs to ease financial liquidity and cash flow pressures on factory operations;
  • Finding alternative sources of income and identifying new revenue streams to ensure your factory can survive the pandemic;
  • Communicating with your workers for a more responsive and productive factory environment during the crisis;
  • Reorganising your factory to provide better safety measures and to improve its operational efficiency; and
  • Establishing an online presence in order to promote your factory and to facilitate communication with buyers.

The guides are available in: Bengali, Chinese, English, Khmer and Thai.

The 'Covid-19 business resilience guides for garment factories in Asia' have been developed by the ILO Enterprises department for the Decent Work in the Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia project, funded by the Government of Sweden.

The ILO recommends they are read in conjunction with its recently-released 'Safe return to work: Guide for employers on Covid-19 prevention,' which provides information on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, to enable workers to return to work safely while keeping the risk of contamination as low as possible. It also provides ideas on how to protect workers' mental well-being during the pandemic.