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 and footwear 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.
The Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative is an industry-driven program, in which multiple brands and retailers are joining forces with public and civil society organizations to operate a scalable program to mitigate preventable fire, electrical and structural safety risks in key apparel and footwear producing countries in a targeted way.
We are currently working in India and Vietnam, and in the future will explore opportunities expand to other key apparel and footwear producing countries. The expansions are a part of our goal to create solutions to workplace safety in the apparel and footwear industry that have a global reach.
Any solution to worker safety needs to value transparency, a harmonized standard framework, and commitment at national and local levels. Since carrying out these values in an effective, scalable manner is difficult, we’ve created a three-phase plan to guide our efforts.