Oversight Committee Statement on the Progress During the First Year After the Signing of The Dindigul Agreement

As the Oversight Committee of the Dindigul Agreement, we welcome the first annual
report from the labor stakeholders to the Dindigul Agreement, which covers the initial
impacts and progress of the Agreement and was delivered to us and made public in
June 2023.

The Oversight Committee is encouraged by the findings documented in the labor
stakeholders’ report, which was achieved with the cooperation of Eastman Exports. We
are also very encouraged by the women workers who testify in the report that with the
implementation of the Dindigul Agreement, they can safely report grievances, including
those related to Gender-based Violence and Harassment (GBVH), without fear of
retaliation. The implementation encompasses core principles, definitions, and standards
from ILO C190 on ending violence and harassment in the world of work and ILO C87
and C98 on freedom of association that are embedded in the Dindigul Agreement. The
labor stakeholders’ report suggests that under the Dindigul Agreement, parties are
effectively able to detect, remediate, and prevent GBVH.

According to the labor stakeholders’ report, Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour
Union (TTCU) led the Gender-based Harassment and Violence and peer education
training of over 2000 workers and management. TTCU also recruited and trained 58
workers as shop floor monitors who were recognized by Eastman, to monitor and help
remediate gender-based violence and harassment throughout the factory units and
beyond. TTCU further held over 30 meetings with management to resolve grievances.
Based on the labor stakeholders’ report, the Oversight Committee believes that with full
cooperation from all parties to the agreement, the Dindigul Agreement can continue to
advance progress on identifying, remediating, and preventing gender-based violence
and harassment for the thousands of women workers at the covered worksites in the
coming years. The Oversight Committee will continue to play a role in supporting the
fulfillment of the commitments in the Agreement to drive further achievements moving

Oversight Committee Members Affirmations:
Krishanti Dharmaraj | Independent Chair
Anannya Bhattacharjee| Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA)
Cibi Karthic | Eastman Exports
Komala Ramachandra | Gap Inc.
Sharmila Nithyanand | Gap Inc.
Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum | Global Labor Justice - International Labor Rights Forum (GLJ - ILRF)
Hari Kumar | H & M Group
Nikesh Raj | H & M Group
Thivya Rakini | Tamil Nadu Textile and Common Labour Union (TTCU)

Brand Signatory Affirmation:
H & M Group
Gap Inc.
PVH Corp.