Garments and Textiles

Arisa is committed to structural improvements in the garment and textile sector. Learn more about this sector below.

There is a lot of information available on the often poor working conditions in the garment sector in South Asia. Problems in the garment sector include low wages, unpaid and excessive overtime and unsafe factories. These problems and the available information typically concern the factories that produce garments. Aside from examining these issues at tier 1 level, Arisa also examines labour conditions further down in the supply chain – beyond the factories: such as the spinning and weaving mills where the fabrics come from or in the fields where cotton seeds are grown.   

Arisa’s research shows that in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, forced labour and child labour are prevalent in spinning mills. If any links with garment companies in the Netherlands or Europe are found, these companies are called to account. It is essential that companies also take responsibility for working conditions and abuses further down their supply chain.   

Recycling clothing sounds like a responsible approach, however, research by Arisa into textile recycling in India shows that many problems exist there too. For example, wages are far below the legal minimum wage, there is a lot of child labour, and the work is hazardous due to exposure to dust and chemicals without protection.      

Arisa is committed to structural improvements in the garment and textile sector. The organisation is a part of the international Clean Clothes Campaign and works on projects with companies to address and improve working conditions in production countries. In addition, Arisa participated in the Covenant for Sustainable Clothing and Textiles from 2016 to 2021.