Would you like to do an internship with an organisation focused on corporate research and accountability? Do you have a particular ambition to improve labour conditions in the garment and textile industry? And would you like to develop your research skills in a dynamic work environment?

SOMO is offering a four to five-month research internship within the Sustainable Supply Chains team, preferably starting at the beginning of March 2020.

What is SOMO?

SOMO investigates since 1973, how multinational companies operate and analyzes their actual impact. Independent, factual, critical and with a clear goal: an honest and sustainable world. We work with hundreds of organizations and ensure that the information ends up where it can make a difference. In factories or boardrooms, in slums or courtrooms, with social organizations, media or with politicians.

The global garment and textile and garment industry is one of the industries that SOMO works on. This industry, including its global supply chains, is rife with cases of sweatshop conditions, union-busting, gender discrimination and forced and child labour. The rights workers are systematically violated.

SOMO investigates recruitment, employment and working conditions in a number of garment production countries, with a particular focus on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. India. Part of the research is to analyse business models, policies and practices. SOMO finds that outsourcing, pressure on price, short lead times, hidden sub-contracting and volatile buyer-supplier relations–contribute to human and labour rights violations. SOMO works with civil society organisations and trade unions around the world in research, lobby and advocacy calling for the structural improvements for garment workers

About the internship

During this internship, you will be part of the Sustainable Supply Chains team. You will be working on two different research projects related to the garment and textiles sector.

  1. ‘Spinning mills Tamil Nadu’: Research into recruitment, employment, working and living conditions of (migrant) workers in spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, South India, that are part of the supply chains of westerns brands and retailers;
  2. ‘Decent Leather’: Research into working conditions in the leather-based garment and footwear industries and supply chains in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Key activities and responsibilities

Project 1

  • Process and analyse primary data from interviews with textile workers;
  • Desk research, including supply chain mapping, analysis of export data to establish links with and export markets, analysis of existing corporate improvement initiatives relevant for the India textile industry, analysis of existence and implementation of relevant national legislation in India
  • Contribute to writing the research report.

Project 2

  • Desk research, including supply chain mapping, analysis of export data to establish links with and export markets, analysis of existing corporate improvement initiatives relevant for the leather-based garment and footwear sector, analysis of existence and implementation of relevant national legislation in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan; etc.
  • Help organise an internal strategy meeting for the consortium of organisations that are involved in the ‘Decent Leather ‘project. This meeting is scheduled to take place in June 2020, in Amsterdam;
  • Help organise a public event for civil society organisations, industry representatives and government policy makers on labour rights violations in the leather-based garment and footwear sector in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Requirements

  • Current enrolment in a relevant Bachelor or Master study, in the Netherlands or elsewhere, for which an internship is required;
  • Affinity with the mission of SOMO and the aim of the projects described above;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Good command of English (verbal and writing);
  • Good intercultural communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently, while also being a good team-worker;
  • A work permit for The Netherlands (if applicable).

We offer

  • Constructive supervision;
  • A stipend of € 400 monthly, based on a 32 hour working week;
  • Travel cost reimbursement;
  • A dynamic work environment, in an organisation that operates in a larger international network.

Interested?

Email your letter of interest and CV, to Virginia Sandjojo at jobs@somo.nl with in the email subject your first and last name.

Please apply by 29 February 2020.

SOMO believes in the power and necessity of a diverse and inclusive organization. We therefore strive for more diversity and better representation of people with different backgrounds. So please tell us who you are and how you can contribute to this diversity.