FWF’s Koen Oosterom just returned from a mission to Myanmar. Together with FWF country representative San Latt Phyu he visited local FWF stakeholders to exchange knowledge on the local garment sector.
San Latt and Koen met with several FWF stakeholders. They visited suppliers to FWF brands, local NGOs, a business association and trade union, the ILO and the Dutch embassy.
At the Ministry of Labour in Nay Pyi Taw FWF introduced its work by showing the Burmese version of the FWF Formula and a recently published video on Living Wages in Myanmar. The Permanent Secretary and his team expressed high interest in FWF’s work.
Myanmar is becoming increasingly important as a garment production country. At present, there are approximately 350 garment factories. They face high risks for violations to labour rights including low wages, long working hours, repression of union members and child labour.
FWF has seen a slow but steady increase in the number of factories in Myanmar that FWF members source from. Currently 13 FWF members are sourcing from the country.