The textile and apparel industry faces challenges of poor labor and occupational safety and is a heavy user of water and energy.IFC helps manufacturers obtain the technical knowledge they need to improve environment and safety standards.
IFC is using its network and expertise to help build a market for private sector fire and building safety related service providers. IFC Advisory Services is helping government agencies strengthen building inspections including fire safety certification and improve the process of issuing construction permits.
In Bangladesh, IFC is partnering with large international brands and others including industry associations, donor agencies, government, local communities, and banks to offer a comprehensive solution to the sector’s water availability and quality issues. The resulting Partnership for Cleaner Textiles will build local capacity, facilitate public-private dialogues, and transform the textile industry into an environmentally sustainable, efficient and inclusive sector through investments in water technologies.
IFC, in partnership with Solidaridad, a Dutch organization, and ten buyers worked with 51 wet processing factories to identify and implement areas of potential cost savings for energy, chemical & water usage yielding cumulative savings of nearly US$6 million.
IFC’s Work-Progression and Productivity Toolkit (WPT) is a training program for female sewing operators designed to redress the imbalance on sewing lines in Bangladesh’s readymade garment (RMG) factories, where more than nineteen of every 20 line supervisors are men despite 80% of line workers being women. The program aims to equip women with the skills necessary to become supervisors.