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, accessories and home-textiles 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, accessories and home-textiles sectors.
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
LABS Chat Platform
We are excited to announce the launch of LABS Chat Platform. We encourage all our factories to use the new platform to report safety issues and help us in our mission to create a safe and secure work environment.
The Chat platform can be accessed by going to www.labs-chat.com.
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.
In the first half of 2023, LABS reached a major milestone by launching the program in Indonesia. In addition, we continued to strengthen the delivery and operations of LABS, along with the associated firms. We conducted National Stakeholder Committee meetings in India and Vietnam, where important aspects of post-graduation monitoring and national-level outreach of the program … Continue reading “LABS Newsletter – July 2023”
The Life and Building Safety Initiative (LABS) recently launched the ‘Platform for Safety in Apparel and Footwear Industry (PSAFI)’, a collaborative platform designed to promote safety and sustainable development in the Apparel, Textile, Footwear and Accessories industry in India. This report provides a background of LABS and PSAFI, captures the highlights of the April 28, … Continue reading “Platform for Safety in Apparel and Footwear Industry (PSAFI)- White Paper”
The Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative announced the launch of its operations in Indonesia today.
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.
Director, VF Worker Rights and Safety, VF Corp.