Bottom UP! Ethiopia: sourcing sustainable garment and textile in Ethiopia

Some of the biggest names in fashion have started sourcing garments and textiles in Ethiopia. Sourcing managers appreciate the country’s low production costs, tax breaks, brand new garment factories and the relative short distance to Europe. Others worry about Ethiopia’s notoriously low wages. What are the opportunities and risks of sourcing in Ethiopia? How can you make sure you source in an ethically responsible manner? Solidaridad Ethiopia, Cotton made in Africa, DIEH and MVO Nederland run an EU-sponsored development programme aimed at increasing options for European buyers to source ethically from Ethiopia.


Bottom UP! Ethiopia has conducted a research on the Ethiopian textile industry and the opportunities and risks associated with sourcing garments and textile from Ethiopia. See the report here.


On 10 December 2019 Bottom UP! Ethiopia organised a webinar on sourcing sustainable garments and textile from Ethiopia. The webinar featured:

Watch the webinar on Youtube or download the presentation in PDF.


Bottom UP! Ethiopia has compiled observations and recommendations by industry experts on the opportunities and challenges of sourcing apparel in Ethiopia. Read the report here.