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“I Can Hardly Sustain My Family”

December 9, 2020
  • Lauren Shields

    Former Director, BSR

  • Lucia Flores Guevara

    Former Manager, BSR

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe disruption to global supply chains. The financial, health, and social implications of production shutdowns and job losses can only be fully understood by hearing directly from the affected workers. HERproject interviewed over 1,000 workers in garment factories in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as flower and tea farms in Kenya, to evaluate the true cost of the pandemic for these workers.

This report presents findings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers, in the areas of physical and mental health, finances, and gender-based violence. It provides recommendations for companies and other stakeholders to support an inclusive recovery that benefits both workers and supply chains.


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