Terms of Reference for a mapping assignment with the aim of building a safe and decent textile, apparel, and footwear sector in Kenya

Though often a catalyst for economic development, the textile sector continues to be plagued by CSR risks. As a response to some of the most tragic events in the Tazreen, Ali Enterprise, and Rana Plaza garment factories in Asia, multiple stakeholders have stressed the utmost importance of developing collaborative efforts to improve working conditions in the textile, apparel, and footwear industry. Whilst the industry needs to be retrofitted to better incorporate sustainability in Asia, the African continent still offers an opportunity to ‘get it right’ from the beginning. Compared to countries such as Bangladesh, Kenya finds itself at a different level of industrialization. By developing a scalable program that identifies and evaluates life safety risks in this sector and potentially other manufacturing sectors, the industry can see to address and mitigate these risks upfront in an effective, targeted way.

IDH has pre-competitively promoted worker well-being, e.g., through the Life and Building Safety (LABS) Initiative which addresses the most pressing life safety issues, related to fire, electrical, and building safety and evacuation in the apparel and footwear industry, as well as the Race to the Top initiative, that addressed worker voice and other working conditions. IDH is looking to build on this experience and develop a similar program for the Kenyan and possibly wider East African market. In the journey to industrialization in East Africa, there is an urgent need to act to promote a safe and decent working environment and especially to mitigate risks of workers’ exposure to fire, electrical, and structural hazardous conditions in factories.
To address these risks IDH will develop a program that defines a roadmap to sustainable industrial parks/factories and its tenants, and which delivers a method to assess factories and industrial park attributes, combined with resources for risk mitigation.

To that end, IDH aims to select a service provider to scope relevant stakeholders and processes and deliver a tool in the form of an assessment framework, the latter combined with an understanding of its relation to local laws applicable in Kenya. Please download the full Terms of Reference below and see the Detail Request Form and the General Terms & Conditions for the contract with IDH.
Deadline for submission: 22 December 2021

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