Export Digest: Better Work Practices in Lesotho Garment Factories

Author: Cos Mamhunze, on Southern Africa Trade Hub, US Agency for International Development , Published on: 12 April 2013

...Lesotho's apparel sector...is key to the national economy...Better Work Lesotho...is working with garment and footwear factories...to improve their compliance with labour standards and promote their competitiveness...[It] is funded by the United States Department of Labor... 24 factories—representing...about 70% of the sector's workforce—have joined... [Its] Project Advisory Committee...includes the Government of Lesotho...; the Association of Lesotho Employers and Business, and the Lesotho Textile Exporters Association; and sectoral-level workers' organizations...Better Work Lesotho offers factories an annual assessment and advisory service package... Over the last year, factories have taken greater advantage of training...[and] assessment findings of non-compliance...[in some areas] have decreased... Better Work Lesotho advisory visits...have had a positive impact on the remediation of non-compliances... [Refers to Walmart, Levi Strauss, GAP, Jones Apparel (Jones Group), Philipps van Heusen, Children's Place, Sears]

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Related companies: Children's Place Gap Jones Group Levi Strauss PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen) Sears Walmart