Millions of people around the world are toiling under terrible working conditions to produce leather garments, footwear and accessories.
South Asia is an important hub for leather work. In India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, approximately 3 million workers are active in the leather value chain, which includes tanneries, small leather workshops, home-based units, as well as large and small garment, footwear and leather goods factories.
Important production hubs include Vellore and Chennai districts in Tamil Nadu, India; the greater Karachi area in Pakistan; and the greater Dhaka area in Bangladesh.
Research in these production hubs reveals that workers’ rights are being systematically violated, workers are struggling with work-related health issues and they are also suffering from social exclusion and discrimination.