Who CARE works with in the garment industry
CARE engages with workers and management in over 75 factories as well as with relevant industry associations and partners.
CARE works directly with garment factory workers to improve understanding and change behavior. CARE engages with workers in many ways, using activity-based sessions, audio visual tools and mobile apps.
CARE believes that one of the best ways to ensure sustainable improvement of working conditions across the garment industry is to engage factory management staff, build capacities and steer buy-in by reflecting on the business case. CARE aims to engage with management to document the impact of a healthier, happier workforce on their business.
CARE maintains a good relationship with the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), working in partnership to promote CARE's activities to improve worker well-being and advocate for industry standards.
CARE promotes the sharing of learning within the industry through networks such as the Strengthening Activity for Factory Education (SAFE) working group, which brings together HR and management staff from over 60 factories to be a core and leading team for human resource best practice within the garment and footwear sectors.
CARE engages with government to help define laws and improve standards relating to women working in the garment industry. This includes providing clarification on laws which may appear ambiguous to employers – such as laws around sexual harassment – and contributing to technical working groups on infirmary standards.
"We have to, jointly, repeat our voices and activities to make sure that our Human Resources are safe and productive"
- Operations manager, GMAC, & Chair of SAFE working group
“The code of conduct will help us to work very effectively and promote staff standards within the factory. The code of conduct is to prevent sexual harassment from occurring in our workplace in order to increase productivity.”
- HR manager, Quality Textile Co. Ltd.
“After training people are much more likely to talk about [contraception] openly ... Most want to have space between having their children so they can remain healthy to care for them well and they have time to earn more money for their families.”
- Peer educator, GDM Enterprise factory
Learn more about CARE's projects in factories
CARE's innovative Chat! Contraception package