Building a responsible and competitive global garment industry requires patience, commitment, and the involvement of a variety of stakeholders, who tackle complex challenges that are both factory specific, and that thread across the sector and supply chain. Workers, their employers and government are critical pillars for change within countries, and buyers can serve as a fourth pillar of support for stable, sustainable improvement.
We engage with buyers through a number of channels, including regular Buyers’ Forums (at the country, region and international level), where brands have an opportunity to network with each other and with national and international stakeholders including unions, government, employers’ organizations and NGOs, as well as hear directly from factories and workers on how to work together to transform the industry for the better. Recognising the role buyers play in improving factory working conditions, we have experts on our team to build and strengthen our partnerships with international brands.
Why Work With Us
- Our credibility: Our positioning as part of the ILO and IFC means we bring together stakeholders and expertise – on both labour and private sector development – to collaborate on solutions that address the needs of workers while improving businesses.
- Our network: Working with us means joining a global movement for change balanced on open dialogue among stakeholders. We bring factories, workers and government together in the effort to improve factory compliance. Engagement in Better Work gives you access to these stakeholders.
- Our expertise: Bringing disparate parties together to work on solutions is what we do best. We provide an effective mechanism for social dialogue to occur, and strengthen industrial relations overall, via Performance Improvement Consultative Committees (PICCs) at the factory level. We place the onus of improvement in the hands of factory managers and workers who work together on making the changes they want to see.
- Our impact: We work not only to make conditions measurably better at individual factories but in the wider industry. We collect and share data on our impact on both working conditions and worker well-being which helps to shape programme direction but also enables our stakeholders (including buyers) to see the positive results they are part of.
Buyer Engagement with Better Work
Better Work works with over 60 international buyers that engage with the programme as either a Partner or Participant.
Partners are global retailers and brands work with Better Work to make significant and sustainable improvements to the garment industry. Partners sign an agreement with Better Work and make certain commitments for example reducing duplicative audits and remediation plans. In return they receive an enhanced level of service and other benefits at national, regional and global levels.
For more information on the commitments, benefits and how to become a Partner.
For a list of Better Work Buyer Partners click here.
Participants are global retailers and brands that purchase Better Work factory reports and have access to a limited amount of additional services mainly at national level e.g. newsletters or open sessions at Buyers Forums. See more information about Better Work Buyer Participants and how to become one here.