Creating a win-win by improving working conditions and profitability in factories

Race to the Top in Vietnam is the first pre-competitive, locally owned multi-stakeholder initiative, to promote and integrate sustainable manufacturing practices and better working conditions in the Vietnamese apparel and footwear sector.

Since its launch in 2015, key successes include:

  • Increased worker voice and soft skills of workers
  • Improved productivity and working conditions
  • Engaged employees at all factory levels through training

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The following partners have committed to the program: GAP, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Puma, Saitex, Walmart, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids & Social Affairs, the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, 3GF, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, USAID – United States Agency for International Development, Better Work, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO), and Vietnam Cotton and Spinner Association (VCOSA).

Learn more about how IDH is aiming to achieve a living wage and living income

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