FTA Continues Efforts to Protect Syrian Worker Rights in Turkey


FTA members have been actively engaged with partners and stakeholders to tackle business challenges and labour abuses related to Syrian workers in Turkish textile factories. Turkey is not only an important sourcing country for FTA members, but also hosts over 1,900 producers engaged in BSCI.

To continue our joint efforts on the crucial issue and advance towards a concrete action plan, FTA is partnering with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to convene a multi-stakeholder roundtable on ‘Business responsibility for Syrian refugees in garment supply chain in Turkey’ on 18 October in Oxford.

Participants will exchange views on how to provide assistance to Syrians under temporary protection to integrate formal and decent employment and develop recommendations to improve decent and fair work in Turkish supply chains. Register here to attend the event.

Three years of collaborative efforts

Since 2014 FTA has led many key initiatives in its aim to protect the rights of Syrians in Turkish supply chains. These include the acceleration of greater engagement with multiple stakeholder partners, including relevant ministries within the Turkish government, to deepen dialogue, foster accountability in the process and burden sharing. The major milestones include:

  • the development of a guidance document on Syrian nationals in Turkey;
  • multi-stakeholder forum on the protection of Syrian labour rights in Turkey in Hamburg, Germany; and
  • a briefing session on the ‘Integration of Syrian Nationals into the Turkish Labour Market’ in Istanbul, Turkey.

For more information, FTA has developed a briefing document titled ‘Business Leadership to Protect Labour Rights of Syrian Workers in Turkey’, which provides a clear summary of FTA’s efforts to date.

FTA continues to express deep concerns about reported issues in Turkish supply chains arising from the illegal employment of Syrian nationals and remains firmly committed to taking necessary action to ensuring safe jobs in dignified working conditions that respect human rights in Turkey. 

Contact: Anisha Rajapakse, Senior Manager Stakeholder Engagement

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