Inditex partners on global garment industry recovery from Covid-19 crisis.

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Inditex Executive Chairman Pablo Isla and IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Valter Sanches

Inditex, owner of the Zara and Bershka brands, has joined hands with the IndustriAll Global Union in a commitment to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry from the Covid-19 crisis.

The move sees Inditex and IndustriAll, which represents some 55m workers, reinforce their longstanding cooperation with the signing of a joint declaration in Arteixo, Spain, and Geneva, Switzerland, yesterday (4 August).

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This latest agreement deepens Inditex’s longstanding commitment to “freedom of association and collective bargaining rights and social dialogue”.

Additionally, the agreement enhances Inditex’s commitment to stable payment terms and to broader access to financing for suppliers in order to support their cash flow. This enables them to honour payments to workers so that jobs and incomes are protected.

The agreement builds on a partnership first signed in 2007 and last renewed in 2019, Inditex and IndustriALL said in a joint statement.

Inditex has also committed to other multi-stakeholder initiatives, including the International Labour Organisation’s Call to Action in the Global Garment Industry and the ACT (Action Collaboration Transformation) initiative.

Inditex Executive Chairman Pablo Isla said: “Our priority through this crisis has been and continues to be the health and safety of our people, the workers in our supply chain and our customers.

“Our longstanding and fruitful work with IndustriALL for over 13 years makes our framework agreement a strong tool to keep working to protect and promote workers’ rights and wellbeing, while supporting the global garment industry during these unprecedented times.”

IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary Valter Sanches added: “The COVID-19 pandemic caused a crisis in the textile and garment industry that led unions to experience mass job losses, unsafe working conditions and attacks on workers’ rights. Many of our members saw their livelihoods collapse entirely.

“The manufacturing suppliers need stability and predictability so that employment and income can be preserved. That’s what this commitment entails. We are working together to help the industry to develop the resilience to recover from the crisis, saving jobs and preserving the rights and income of workers.”

Inditex is one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, with eight brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe) selling in 202 markets through its online platform and over 7,000 stores in 96 markets.

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