At Better Work, we want to make sure that our programme brings change. That’s why we measure the impact of our work on workers, their communities, but also on firms’ business, as we want to prove that good working conditions offer a more profitable business model than a sweatshop environment. To this end, we are gathering large-scale, high quality impact data which detail how not meeting specific worker rights issues brings down factory profits and how policies to improve circumstances for workers lead to healthier and more satisfied workers, higher productivity, increased earnings and tangible development benefits.
From our beginnings in 2007, we have inlaid systems and tools across our programmes that measure results and track our progress.
Since 2007, a team of expert researchers from Tufts University has led the way in providing the information and analysis we need to constantly improve and build on what we do, gathering data and examining results in five of the eight countries where we work. Today, following years of data collection and analysis, a clear picture is increasingly emerging of the difference we are making in the lives of workers, in the productivity of businesses and in the overall global supply chain. You can find some of our results here.
We also collaborate with a number of universities that analyse our data and our programme, and adding another dimension our knowledge-driven international environment, we host visiting scholars from renowned academic institutions across the globe who produce discussion papers on specific topics of interest, helping us understand trends in the garment sector and supply chains.