Promoting safer working conditions for factory workers in apparel, footwear and accessories industry
The Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative is an industry-driven program, in which multiple brands and retailers are joining forces with public organizations to operate a scalable program to mitigate preventable fire, electrical and structural safety risks in key apparel, footwear and accessories producing countries in a targeted way.
Many workers in key apparel producing countries work in unsafe environments which can have lethal consequences. That’s why it’s the mission of the Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative to provide safer working conditions for factory workers in the apparel, footwear and accessories industry.
We organize our activities around identifying and solving risks related to fire and electrical hazards, structural building safety, and evacuation, so workers can lead better lives.
This is done by developing country-specific solutions. Here, we create a life-safety program that delivers a harmonized framework for monitoring, assessment, risk reduction, and remediation.
Safety trainings conducted
Message on COVID-19
The global outbreak of COVID-19 is impacting us all. Amidst this, as LABS, it is our priority to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the program. As we work to respond to the impact of this pandemic, we are also looking at how to implement and possibly adapt the program in the coming months. At this point in time, this means pressing pause on a number of activities at factories. We are continuously monitoring this situation and how it evolves every day. We stay committed to our work to promote safer working conditions in apparel and footwear factories and will continue to engage with our partners to reflect on the work done in past months and prepare an action plan for the future, as we work together to weather this storm.
Revised LABS Helpline timings
The timings for the LABS Helpline has been temporarily changed to below:
* Vietnam Helpline 1800-6342 is now operational from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
* India Helpline 1800 212 5227 is now operational from 9 am to 6 pm.
LABS reaches 400-factory milestone
This year, the LABS program saw the 400th factory enter the program. We are thankful for the good collaboration from all sides that made this possible and are keen to move well beyond this milestone, in order to help make safe as many factories as possible. Thank you for being a part of this journey, and for helping us move far beyond this number in the future.
The final quarter of 2022 saw many activities and events which enabled the team to close the year on a high note. We thank you for your support during 2022 and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2023!
This briefing paper outlines the overall goal and provides the outcomes from the “Platform for Gender Equality in Apparel and Footwear in Cambodia” (“The Platform”). Relevant data, opportunities, and challenges within these sectors will be provided based on the tracking of direct risks (impacting business operations) and indirect risks (impacting the value-chain flow and the … Continue reading “Platform for Gender Equality in Apparel and Footwear in Cambodia”
For Gap Inc., worker safety and well-being is paramount. We are pleased to continue our commitment to promoting safe, healthy working conditions for supply chain workers through our support for LABS.
Executive Vice President of Loss Prevention & Global Sustainability at Gap Inc.
At Target, we believe in the value found by collaborating with other companies to create sustainable and systemic improvements. This includes supporting industry-aligned standards like those developed by the Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS). Target is a proud founding member of LABS, aiming to improve worker safety in the apparel and footwear industries, and we would encourage others to join.
Senior Vice President and President, Owned Brand Sourcing and Development, Target
We believe collaboration within the retail industry and with suppliers, governments and NGOs go a long way towards creating a more responsible supply chain. We focus on operating our business in a way that promotes shared value, which includes supporting our suppliers, advocating for workers in the supply chain and helping lead the effort to tackle unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. LABS is the type of collaborative effort we want to support as we believe this effort to effectively identify and remediate the most pressing risks related to fire, electrical, and structural building safety and evacuation is incredibly important for workers and a safer supply chain.
Vice President of Apparel Production and Sourcing, Walmart
Every day, more than one million people go to work in a job that supports the production of VF products and we believe their safety and well-being is non-negotiable. To ensure a continued focus on improving worker safety in the apparel and footwear industry, VF is proud to be a founding partner of the Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative to improve structural, electrical and fire safety in garment factories across the globe. VF is committed to this essential work and the LABS initiative is a key step in addressing systemic safety issues within our industry to help prevent future incidents.
IDH is a global convener with a proven track record in multiple commodity value chains. For the Life and Building Safety Initiative, IDH provides overall facilitation support, and helps develop the operational set up in the identified countries.