How to engage on worker representation in China

A Joint MSIs stakeholder seminar hosted by Fair Wear Foundation, and the Joint Ethical Trading Initiatives (ETI, DIEH, and IEH) 



China remains the largest sourcing market in the world, exporting more than 40% of global apparel and textiles and US$599 million worth of electronics equipment around the world. While there are signs that factories are moving to Southeast Asian countries because of rising labour cost in China, it is predicted that in the foreseeable future, the country will still be a major sourcing market for many international retailers.

However, since the crackdown of civil society and the implementation of the foreign NGO law, there is a significant fall of studies and activity regarding labour rights. This political circumstance in China has long prompted discussions amongst many international retailers on how to fulfil their commitment on enabling workers to access rights on Freedom of Association (FoA) as laid out on the ILO conventions, the UN Guiding Principles and the Base Codes of the joint-Ethical Trading Initiatives and the Code of Labour Practices of Fair Wear Foundation, and how to progress worker representation within a China context.


For more information and registration contact: 

Janine Dortmundt, 



9:00 – 10:00 Co-working space available for early arrivers
10:00 - 11:00 Registration – Coffee and tea available
11:00 - 11:15 Welcome and introductions
11:15 - 12:15 Worker representation in China - what is the situation and structure, Representative from the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) TBC
12:15 - 13:00 How to start/continue the journey of worker representation, Beverley Hall, Senior Advisor Industrial Relations, Ethical Trading Initiative
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and networking
14:00 - 15:15 How to enable worker representation in China: 1. Examples of engaging with factory unions 2. Examples of engaging with committees 3. Examples of starting from scratch - how to begin the conversation
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee and tea break
16:00 - 16:45 World Cafe style experience exchange on how to: 1. Incorporate worker representation in the ethical trade work 2. Lessons learned - do’s and dont’s in the Chinese context 3. What is realistic expectations as to how worker representation can work in your Chinese supply chain.
16:45 - 17:00 Wrap up
17:00 - 18:00 Networking drinks

Praktisk information

Dato og tid

7th March 2019
10:00 - 18:00


Fashion for Good, Rokin 102, 1012 KZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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