Turkey: ILO deal aims to provide Syrian refugees with decent work opportunities in the garment sector
Author: Michelle Russell, Just-Style, Published on: 27 May 2018
"ILO deal to help Syrian garment workers in Turkey", 16 May 2018
A new aggreement between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Istanbul Apparel Exporters' Association (IHKIB) aims to create formal and decent work for Syrian refugees in Turkey's garment industry. The commitment was made at a ceremony in Istanbul earlier this month, with participants including senior executives from Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), and the Ethical Trading Initiative... [D]irector of the ILO office for Turkey [said]... "we believe that collaboration with IHKIB is highly important in the apparel industry where Syrians and host communities are, or have the potential of being, employed in large numbers"... Turkey is the world's seventh largest apparel exporter, and the third largest supplier to the European Union (EU). "We guide the sector in corporate social responsibility projects as we do in all other areas," added IHKIB chairman Mustafa Gültepe. "We have 4m Syrian guests in our country. IHKIB has never been indifferent to the problems of these people. We have endeavoured to integrate Syrian guests into our labour-intensive sector"...