The apparel and footwear industry is one of Vietnam’s most important industries, accounting for nearly 20% of all exports and employment for approximately 2.5 million people. As Vietnam capitalises on its promising economic growth and development, many challenges exist to the realisation of rights in the apparel and footwear industry, particularly following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Responsible business conduct and the apparel and footwear industry guidance and accompanying factsheet have been developed during challenging and unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has significant implications on the realisation of rights globally and further emphasises the need for responsible business conduct. As such, the guidance considers the additional impacts of COVID-19 and potential measures to address such impacts.