The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Vision Zero Fund and Nike Inc. took an initiative to cut death and injuries among garments and footwear workers.
Because of commuting long distance, using less forms of transport such as motorcycles, walking to work, and sharing roads with heavy commercial vehicles, garment and footwear sector workers are disproportionately involved in road accidents in many countries.
As per the data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people are injured worldwide on roads every year.
According to ILO and Nike, garment and footwear workers are vulnerable to injuries and deaths resulting from commuting accidents, for this creating a Theory of Change (TOC) on road safety for garment workers, which has been put together after consultations with workers, employers, governmentsfor minimizing the adverse impact on workers, their families, and the sector as a whole, can be adapted and replicated in different contexts.
Besides that, the partnership will also develop practical, easy-to-use guidance materials on commuting safety, which will be piloted by the Fund and Nike in a country where contract manufacturing facilities produce Nike products.