Following the launch of the joint amfori-GIZ project in Uzbekistan two months ago, the capacity building programme on Improving Working Conditions in Uzbekistan is making headway.
The 6-month project implemented by amfori and funded by GIZ is helping factories advance sustainability along the cotton supply chain in Uzbekistan with the long-term objective of increasing the income of cotton farmers and textile workers, protecting natural resources, and creating new and better employment perspectives. A specific aim is to introduce international social audits and adherence to social standards in processing facilities.
Thus far, six training courses of factory workers have been successfully caried out in the cities of Namangan and Samarkland. Trainings have involved courses - introduction to CSR, amfori BSCI and Social Management Systems. The targeted audience has been factory directors, Operational, CSR, and HR managers, as well as other stakeholders.
In September a repeat of the abovementioned training courses is foreseen in the capital Tashkent to be followed by new training modules in all three cities on Occupational Health and Safety, Fair Renumeration, Responsible Recruitment/Child Labour and Audit Reports.
The amfori-GIZ project is very much in line with international donor community efforts in recognising and supporting social reforms in Uzbekistan over the last few years. Uzbekistan is the 6th largest producer of cotton in the world and the reforms and new arrangements with donor countries such as its award of the EU GSP plus make it not only one of the biggest success stories of tackling forced labour but also a promising market for businesses. This sentiment is captured by amfori’s ILO interlocutor on the issue, Jonas Astrup - ILO Chief Technical Officer in Uzbekistan, in this CNN report.
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