Data compiled by GlobalData suggests the importance of health and safety within apparel supply chain hiring has steadily increased from July 2022 to July 2023.

How is health and safety impacting apparel supply chain hiring

The health and safety theme remained in fourth place between this July and last July, sitting behind the global macro outlook in first place, US macro outlook in second place and social in third place.

However, the number of active jobs related to the health and safety theme has risen from 59,505 for the month of July 2022 to 61,802 for the month of July 2023.

Health and safety apparel supply chain hiring in July 2023

Source: GlobalData

Health and safety apparel supply chain hiring in July 2022

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This trend coincides with the growing focus on transparency throughout the entire fashion supply chain and the importance of fashion brands and retailers being both socially and environmentally responsible for all of their workers – including their suppliers.

Health and safety has been in the spotlight for much of 2023 with Pakistan announcing in late December 2022 it would be adopting the International Safety Accord, renowned for its work in transforming the workplace safety system for millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.

Since then it has published its first-ever list of 400+ approved suppliers that currently supply products to 52 Pakistan Accord signatory brands.

Meanwhile 24 April 2023 marked the tenth anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, which killed around 1,134 garment workers and injuring more than 2,500.

At the time of the anniversary Dirk Vantyghem, EURATEX director general said: “Transparency and responsibility within the industry is key to ensure this does not happen again. The accountability in value chains can be enabled through due diligence legislation. To this purpose, the regulators need to work with the industry to make a due diligence system that works on the ground, through harmonisation of requirements and common rules, consequent guidelines, and clear support mechanisms for SMEs within the industry.”

The industry is taking health and safety more seriously across the globe. In fact, the worker’s safety programme, The Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS), hopes its new platform, which launched earlier this year will improve safety measures in both India and Indonesia’s apparel and footwear industry.

In May, the director of construction sustainability, directorate general of construction, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing of the Republic of Indonesia, Kimron Manik said: “With the launch of the LABS Initiative in Indonesia, we hope that we can collaborate and develop standard procedures to help provide safer working conditions for the workers that is also aligned to laws and regulations in the country.”

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