Cooperating to arrive at better working conditions and a greater say for textile workers in the production chain is what we at STITCH advocate. STITCH (Sustainable Textile Initiative: Together for Change) is a consortium of six international organisations of which Mondiaal FNV is a part of. We cooperate directly with trade unions and civil-society organisations (local and regional partners) as well as with more than 200 dedicated clothing brands.
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STITCH aims to create a ‘new normal’ for the textile and garment industry: a production chain in which textile workers, mainly women, can exert influence on their employment conditions, and where gender equality, decent wages, and fair prices are the rule. For this purpose, we aim at developing constructive social dialogue, to achieve successful collective bargaining at the plant level or higher. We unite the most important players in the production chain.
STITCH is active in the following producer countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. However, we are also developing a regional approach for the Middle East and North Africa regions (MENA region). Our aim in all these countries is to enter into cooperative ventures with trade unions, governments, employers’ associations, and plants. Since we are cooperating as six highly influential organisations, we expect to expand the impact further throughout the entire industry. Together we will face the challenge of transforming the textile and garment industry into one where respect for labour rights is common practice.
We collectively stand up for better working conditions and adherence to labour rights by:
STITCH is active in garment-producing countries across Asia, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, and plans to develop a regional approach for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
STITCH consists of 5 partners:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided the financial support for the programme and is aligned as strategic partner for STITCH.
STITCH is made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs, which will be financing the consortium for five years.