The garment industry is Turkey’s second largest industry, responsible for a large proportion of total export, with the European Union (EU) as the biggest purchaser. Although the industry is familiar with international workplace standards as well as the audits of international buyers, improvements are still needed in many aspects of its labour conditions. Small and medium-sized factories with a wide sub-contractor chain dominate the industry, with the working conditions deteriorating throughout the supply chain.
This country study examines the situation in Turkey in 2017, using statistics from that year and previous years. Where relevant, current information from 2018 has been included. FWF will continue to provide updated information on Turkey on the website and will update this country study on a periodic basis in the future.