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AEPC workshop reiterates need to strengthen HRD activities

Staff Reporter

Tirupur: A workshop conducted by Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) under the Union Ministry of Textiles to improve social compliances in the textile units here recently reiterated the need for strengthening human resources departments to better social conditions of its workers.

Social compliance

“Social compliance is just an outcome of a good Human Resource (HR) policy,” Anil Sahai, managing director of T-Group Solutions (labour standards and working conditions), New Delhi, explained while giving technical address.

According to him, many of the units in the textile sector are on an ‘order-driven' mentality without concentrating much to find whether a proper HR policy is put in place at their units.

Measures

“It should be remembered that global customers are intensively focused on issues of social compliance and hence, the apparel export trade from the country could lose out to its competitors if proper measures have not been taken to address social issues,” he said.

The textile entrepreneurs were asked to spend adequate time for developing better communication with their workers to make them understand the management and work procedures stipulated.

Code of Ethics

Mr. Sahai also explained in detail the ‘Common Compliance Code' developed by AEPC which spells out the Code of Ethics for creating a safe and healthy work culture on the unit premises.

The forum also stressed the need to wipe out child labour from Tirupur cluster, if it was still remaining.

Earlier in the day, Tirupur Exporters Association general secretary G. Karthikeyan inaugurated the workshop.

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