A Jobs and Shared Prosperity Day event
For millions of poor, unskilled workers, jobs in apparel manufacturing are a first step toward escaping poverty. However, harsh working conditions in apparel factories have contributed to a large and growing debate about globalization and labor standards most recently highlighted by the tragedy in Bangladesh in which 1,127 garment workers were killed when a building collapsed. The session provides the perspectives of the private sector, academics, and development practitioners. The debate also focuses on the Better Work program, a partnership between ILO and IFC working with buyers, factories, and governments to improve working conditions in apparel.
Darryl Knudsen, Director, Global Partnerships & Public Policy, Gap Inc.
Raymond Robertson, Professor of Economics, Macalester College
Carlos Sobrado, Senior Poverty Specialist, EASPT, World Bank
Amy Luinstra, Better Work Program Manager, IFC