29 March 2023 Discussion/Lecture maldekstra Salon: Exploitation along the Supply Chain

The responsibility of the globalised garment industry in South Asia


Event location

Franz-Mehring-Platz 1
10243 Berlin


29.03.2023, 16:00 - 18:00 Hr


Globalization, Economic / Social Policy, Labour / Unions, South Asia


maldekstra Salon: Exploitation along the Supply Chain
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On April 24, 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh claimed the lives of more than thousand people. The disaster brought new attention to the grievances in global textile supply chains. In South Asia, the textile industry contributes up to 14 percent of GDP in some countries and creates millions of jobs for low-skilled workers, particularly women. However, most of the products are destined for export to Europe and the USA.

We want to discuss with representatives from trade unions and civil society organizations from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Germany how the textile industry in South Asia and the global garment supply chains have changed in the last ten years. What impact has the pandemic had on working conditions in the industry? What are workers and unions fighting for? Which hopes arise from the German supply chain due diligence law and similar instruments on the European or international level?


  • Karthika Nadarajah (Comdu.it)
  • Nasir Mansoor (National Trade Union Federation, Pakistan)
  • Sina Marx (Femnet)
  • Facilitation: Nadja Dorschner, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung South Asia

The event will take place in a hybrid, for online participation please access via the following link: us06web.zoom.us/j/84236592024
The language of the event is English, a German translation is available online as well as on-site at the Salon.



Canan Kus

Project Manager South Asia, China

Phone: +49 30 44310 426