RAGS (Responsible and Accountable Garment Sector): Implementing Social Standards in the Indian Ready Made Garment Sector
Gap Inc., Timberland, PGC Switcher, ETI-UK
India (Bangalore, New Delhi, Tirupur)
“RAGS: Improving Social Standards in the Indian Ready-Made Garment Sector” is a program of SAI to improve working conditions of workers by reducing gender discrimination and improving factory level processes of engagement with homeworkers in supply chain. The program is supported by UKAID from the Department for International Development (DFID). Activities will focus on classroom and onsite trainings of suppliers and subcontractors on gender discrimination issues and engagement with homeworkers.
The project includes the participation from global retailers such as Gap Inc., Timberland and PGC-Switcher— who will assist SAI to select and engage with group of suppliers based in India. RAGS also works in collaboration in SAI's PPP with BSCI and GIZ, “Scaling Up Indian Responsible Business Initiatives.”
Garment export has fueled economic growth in many emerging economies, creating over 25 million jobs worldwide. However, working conditions in this industry remain a challenge, with chronic problems including gender discrimination, excessive working hours, and safety violations.
Training & Technical Assistance Planned for Suppliers
Overall Program Activities & Goals
1. Develop Training Tools & Materials 100 Indian factories will receive trainings and tools to help them responsibly manage homeworkers in supply chain and discrimination issues by developing management systems designed to assure decent work