Inditex has signed a deal for trade union input across its global supply chain

Inditex has signed a deal for trade union input across its global supply chain

Inditex has renewed a long-standing agreement that sees trade union experts employed across the fashion retailer's global supply chain to help with the implementation of labour rights.

The Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with the IndustriAll Global Union was originally signed in 2007 and then renewed and strengthened in 2014. It covers more than 1m workers in around 6,000 supplier factories making clothes for the company's eight different brands, including Zara, Pull&Bear and Massimo Dutti, and sets out to promote workers' rights, freedom of association, and collective bargaining.

The renewed contract will see trade union experts act to enforce Inditex's Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and Suppliers as well as coordinate trade unions together with Inditex's sustainability teams.

"This new initiative marks a huge milestone in improving the global garment production chain," says Inditex CEO Pablo Isla. "It should be viewed against the backdrop of the core agreement reached with IndustriAll in 2007, which has proven the most effective way of accompanying and training garment suppliers worldwide. I am certain that with this organisational reinforcement we will go on to achieve even more ambitious social targets."

The contract, which is unique in the garment sector, was signed by Isla, and IndustriAll's general secretary Jyrki Raina, in Brussels yesterday (25 April), with the first Cluster Contract also signed for Turkey.

Raina says of the deal: "This agreement shows an unprecedented and genuine commitment from Inditex to improving the rights of garment workers in its supplier factories. The contract is a significant step forward in promoting workers' rights in the Inditex supply chain, and will help to increase workers' capacity to negotiate wages and working conditions with employers. Only by empowering workers and trade unions will we see real change in global garment industry."