LABS achieved yet another milestone by onboarding over 200 factories in total. We continued maintaining a steady state of operations at factories in Vietnam. In India, however, the huge spike in COVID-19 cases across the nation caused a decrease in various LABS processes.
With new factory nominations incoming this year, we resumed full-scale operations and the cooperation received from Brands and Factories has been commendable. Please find our latest newsletter with an overview of LABS’ activities for last quarter.
Though COVID-19 initially halted the rolling out of LABS processes, the program has seen considerable progress with sizeable numbers over the last quarter pertaining to process completion at factories.
As we embark on the final stretch of 2020, we continue to focus on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 as much as possible, whilst planning for the future as well as we can.
The last quarter was unprecedented, however, we did see the quarter end on a more positive note. We hope to maintain this positive momentum for next quarter although we will remain vigilant regarding the state of the situation.
The COVID-19 crisis is impacting us all, and we are in touch with many of our partners to see how we can weather this storm together. In the interim, we will share with you an overview of the latest activities to date.
We are pleased to present to you the first quarterly LABS Initiative newsletter. Since its launch, the program has made steady progress in assessing the building safety of factories. The newsletter provides details on the program progress since its launch till December 31, 2019.
Promoting a safe and secure working environment is a key element of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In past years, the tragic events at factories in Bangladesh and Pakistan have highlighted the urgent need to address life and building safety in the apparel and footwear industry.