MYPOD – Work environment, productivity and social dialogue in Myanmar garment industry

The objective of the MYPOD project is to improve the quality of jobs and create sustainable increased value addition and participation in the global garment value chain. The project was launched in 2017, and redesigned in 2020 to respond to developments in the industry and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Project activities include training and capacity-building on sector level of workers’ representatives, workers, factory management and industry stakeholders on freedom of association, social dialogue and occupational health and safety. The trainings will be developed together with trade union federations in Myanmar, and facilitated through printed and digital media, as well as workshops.

Project activities are coordinated to contribute to ongoing initiatives in the Myanmar garment sector, such as the implementation of the Myanmar Guideline on Freedom of Association (FOA), agreed in November 2019 by delegates of the Employer Working Group producing in Myanmar for ACT member brands, and the Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar (IWFM) affiliated with the Confederation of Trade Unions of Myanmar (CTUM) and IndustriALL Global Union, as well as initiatives by the Myanmar Joint Action Group.

As an outcome of the project, workers and employers can benefit from improved social dialogue capacity – also at sector level – where workers’ rights are more respected, workers’ health and safety are better protected, and work environment and productivity are improved – all of which contribute to more decent jobs.

Administrative Partner DIEH - Danish Ethical Trading Initiative
Key Commercial Partner Bestseller
Other Partners 3F (United Federation of Workers in Denmark), Aalborg University
Country Myanmar
Sector Manufacturing/industry
Open / Closed Closed
Duration September 2017 - September 2020
Approval Year 2016