Better Work is dedicated to improving working conditions and business competitiveness in global apparel supply chains. In order to achieve this, the programme works to improve conditions in individual factories while also leveraging our learnings for policy change at both the national and international levels. This involves strong partnerships with governments, business associations, workers and their representative unions, and global apparel buyers.
After more than a decade of work across what are now 8 country programmes, and based on ongoing advice from actors across the supply chain, Better Work has adapted the manner in which it delivers in-factory services. This revised approach is designed to maximize impact, sustainability and scale. It will do so through:
♦ Stimulating faster improvements in critical areas of non-compliance
♦ Creating higher levels of factory ownership and responsibility
♦ Strengthening mechanisms for worker management communication
♦ Providing platforms for shared learning between factories
♦ Focusing on root causes through a management systems approach
♦ Establishing greater accountability through public reporting
♦ Differentiating factories based on performance
This document focuses on Better Work’s role in supporting improvements at the factory level. However, the programme operates within a wider regulatory and industrial relations context in which the national actors – government, business, and workers – form the essential building blocks for sustainable compliance and industry competitiveness. The changes that the programne is introducing at the factory level are ultimately geared toward supporting these national actors in their own efforts to raise the bar of labor law governance. Toward this end, the programme has a range of parallel activities aimed at working together with our constituents at the industry and national levels.
This document lays out the updated Better Work Factory Services Model which will be applied as of April 2015.