• By Michelle Russell |Just in Style

Myanmar factories prepare for compliance training

The programme focus is on international social and environmental compliance standards

A fourth round of compliance training for garment factories in Myanmar will take place next month, with a focus on international social and environmental compliance standards.

The training, organised by SMART Myanmar – an EU-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – will take place in mid-July. Each round of the academy is capped at ten factories, with the programme designed specifically for medium-to-large sized factories.

The academy programme is designed with a combination of group training and on-site consultancy, with key outputs including comprehensive social compliance audits and detailed corrective action plans (CAPs) based on international best practices and ILO standards.

Additional on-site consultancy support will also be offered to implement improvements over the course of five to six months. Factories will also be included in the SMART alumni network – a growing group of factory managers in Myanmar committed to striving for social compliance best practices.

Sixteen factories have already participated in previous rounds of the academy, which was developed in 2014 and 2015 in cooperation with international experts from Systain Consulting.

SMART Myanmar is an EU-funded Switch Asia project focused on making social and environmental improvements in Myanmar's garment industry. It employs nine technical experts and is presently the largest and most experienced technical services provider for garment factories in Myanmar.

Earlier this year, Myanmar's garment sector targeted a 300% increase in garment exports to the EU by end of 2019 thanks to a EUR2.8m (US$3m) funding boost as part of the SMART Myanmar project.

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