Forward-looking companies are taking a proactive approach to identify and address potential compliance issues. Finding traditional grievance boxes and open door policies insufficient, they are turning to innovative tools like WOVO to create new lines of communication.
A study by the Fair Wear Foundation and Care International found that female factory workers in Vietnam face systemic sexual harassment and violence at work. Approximately 2 million people are employed in Vietnam’s garment sector, with some factories having as many as 20,000 workers. More than 80% of the workers are women.
As part of their sustainability programs, and in an effort to go “beyond compliance,” companies are developing guidelines to ensure the factories that make up their supply chain are integrating new worker voice, worker empowerment, and worker wellbeing solutions.
Radio programs are giving garment workers in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu a platform to address factory working condition. Callers to the show are sharing personal examples of poor factory working conditions including harassment, long working hours, and inadequate wages.