COVID-19 impact on Vietnamese apparel and footwear workers – Workers’ Perspective: KEY FINDINGS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS FOR ENTERPRISES, TRADE UNIONS AND GOVERNMENT

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In Vietnam, the apparel and footwear sector (AFS) is one of the key export-oriented industries, creating jobs for millions of workers and making significant contributions to the economic development of the country. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed global trade and disrupted global supply chains to the detriment of enterprises and workers in these sub-sectors.

In April 2020, the Public Private Partnerships Cooperation Group for sustainable apparel and footwear sector in Vietnam, consisting of over 40 members from the Ministries of Industry and Trade Natural Resources and Environment, Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and VITAS, LEFASO, brands, development partners and domestic and international NGOs, conducted a comprehensive assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the apparel and footwear sector.

The information and data included in this report represent the key findings of the COVID-19 impact assessment study with specific policy implications for enterprises, trade unions and government.

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