About the programme
- Better Work Nicaragua was launched in 2011 after the national employers’ organization (Nicaraguan Association of Textile Manufacturing) and the government (through the National Free Trade Zone Commission) wanted to capitalize on the growth of the garment sector by marketing enterprises’ compliance with labour laws and international labour standards.
- The apparel industry, worth $1500 million is one of Nicaragua’s most important manufacturing sectors in terms of employment generation and national income.
- The programme is Better Work’s only programme in central America.
- Better Work currently covers 27 factories (51% of factories in the industry) encompassing more than 41,000 workers, of which 60% are women.
- 90% of participating factories in Nicaragua now have functioning worker management committees assisted by Better Work’s advisory services.
- The programme has also contributed to improvements in emergency preparedness. 100%of participating factories now have smoke-detectors and alarm systems and 9 out of 10
now have an appropriate emergency plan.
See a current list of all programme donors here