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After China, Bangladesh is second largest garment exporter in the world. Nevertheless, it is the only country among the major garment producing countries without a mandatory social security system for workers.
On June 21, 2022, the Bangladesh Ministry of Labor and Employment officially launched the Employment Injury Scheme (EIS) Pilot
for workers in the export-oriented garment sector. The EIS Pilot is technically supported by the ILO and GIZ and provides payments in the form of monthly pensions to workers in the event of permanent disability or to their family members in case of death due to occupational accidents.
From the beginning, the initiative was supported by a number of brands that have parts of their production facilities in Bangladesh. These brands are already contributing to an important social cause: ensuring effective coverage for work-related injuries.
The EIS Pilot paves the way for the introduction of social security system for the working population in Bangladesh. It has a duration of 3 to 5 years. The tripartite partners (government, employers' and workers' associations) have committed themselves to subsequently transforming the EIS Pilot into a national system.
Join us to learn more about the EIS pilot and how to get involved.
- Dr. Anne Marie La Rosa, EIS Pilot coordinator, Bangladesh, Better Work, International Labor Organization (ILO)
- Dr. Silvia Popp, Project Manager, Social Protection for Workers in the Textile and Leather Sector, GIZ
- A brand TBD who is participating in the EIS pilot
- Moderated by Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Policy, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)