We remain actively engaged in Bangladesh, where we work with governmental and non-governmental organizations, industry partners and suppliers to improve safety in factories. We work closely with the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety and the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety as an advisor to both Boards and as a fully active member. We also fund both programs at the highest level – in line with the value of our sourcing in Bangladesh.
Li & Fung continues to be a Buyer Partner of Better Work (http://www.betterwork.org), a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that brings together governments, employers, workers and international buyers to improve compliance with labor standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chain. We continue to support factories in Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan and Vietnam as part of this initiative.
As a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) we have been actively involved in the development of the Higg Index, a suite of sustainability tools to help organizations standardize how they measure and evaluate the environmental performance of apparel products at the brand, product and facility levels.
We continue our partnership with BSR to implement the HERproject, which uses impactful peer-to-peer training and a local partner network to empower primarily female workers through education on nutrition, health and finance, and on improving workplace interaction, harmony and efficiency. To date, over 174,000 workers and 89 suppliers are involved in countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Vietnam.
Our three-year Hemaya Project was completed in 2014 in partnership with CARE International. It focused on empowering women in select factories in the Jordanian garment sector by improving workplace relations and livelihood options for local women.
To raise awareness of building safety in Cambodia, Li & Fung has been actively engaged with the Government of Cambodia since 2014. This effort has led to the establishment of an inter-ministerial Working Group to develop Cambodia’s first Building Safety Code. The inter-ministerial working group comprises the Ministries of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, Labor, Industry and Handicraft, Health, the Interior and the Environment. We have engaged the International Code Council as our technical advisor to partner with the Working Group and to the draft the Building Safety Code.