About the programme
- The Vietnamese export garment industry is worth U$17.9 billion annually and represents 15% of the country’s total exports
- Better Work Vietnam is currently the largest voluntary Better Work programme in operation.
- Since its establishment in 2009, Better Work Vietnam has reached nearly 300,000 workers in more than 200 apparel factories.
- The programme operates in one third of the total garment export factories, mostly located in the South of the country and is beginning work in footwear, with three factories currently taking part in the programme.
- In 2014, it expanded to 30 factories in the North of the country.
- Three fifths of the programme’s factories have expanded their employment, 65 per cent have seen a rise in their sales and 75 per cent have had an increase in the volume of their orders. More than 50 international buyers and retailers have subscribed to the programme.
- 70% of workers surveyed in Better Work Vietnam factories regularly or occasionally send money
to family members, who in turn spend it on food (38%), clothes (37%), debt repayment (37%), farm tools (22%), education for children or siblings (21%), and family health care (13%). Nearly 60% of workers who send money annually send 4,000,000 Vietnamese Dong per year (USD 192), an amount that represents approximately 15% of gross national income per capita in Vietnam.
See a current list of all programme donors here