Aidenvironment Supported the Ethical Trading Initiative by Evaluating Progress of ETIs Tamil Nadu Multi Stakeholder Programme in India

ETI aims to contribute to the elimination of exploitative practices of young women workers in the garment/ textile industry.

  1. Strengthening the ability of women workers and local employers to address issues together:
    ETI is training women workers on health issues and workers’ rights in spinning mills and garment factories and working to create open communication between workers and managers.
  2. Raising awareness in recruitment communities:
    Local NGO partners are working with communities where young women workers are recruited, informing them about the reality of working in mills, labour conditions and workers’ rights. Local recruitment agents are also targeted, ensuring that recruiters provide correct information of wages, working hours, benefits and leave.
  3. Driving change in recruitment practices and policies:
    ETI is engaging with industry associations to strengthen laws and policies, to protect worker rights and provide access to remedy. ETI works to reduce the length of apprenticeships from 3 years to a maximum of 6 months.

How did Aidenvironment help?
Aidenvironment performed a Mid Term Review of the programme, assessing observed progress against set objectives. Aidenvironment took a qualitative approach: we visited spinning mills and garment factories in Tamil Nadu, conducted Focus Group Discussions with young women workers and community members and conducted interviews with key stakeholders (for example, internationally operating companies).
ETI will use the results of the Mid Term Review to improve programme implementation, communication and planning.


For more information please contact Jan Joost Kessler.