Better Work fosters individual factory improvements, creating a ripple effect across national industries and impacting millions of lives. Partnering with national government bodies who have the power to enact good laws that offer protection and rights in the countries where we work is the only way we will achieve sustainable impact.
Harnessing the expertise of the ILO and IFC, we seek to work closely with governments to understand industry needs and goals and identify how the Better Work programme can help advance these interests and goals. We work with across ministries to improve social dialogue, influence national level labour issues, improve working conditions and support a strong economy.
Contributing to industry-wide improvements
These relationships have contributed to industry-wide improvements such as the amending of Cambodia’s law to ban goods made in prisons from being exported, the development of a roundtable for social dialogue to ensure productive relations between employers and workers in Haiti, a historic revision of the labour law in Vietnam mandating worker/management committees in enterprises and the setting up of a workers’ centre in Jordan to provide leisure, skills training, legal advice, and mental health counseling to workers.
Our partnership with national governments also extends to convening discussions between government and other partners in the labour field such as international buyers. We also work closely with national labour law enforcement bodies through joint activities and support mechanisms such as training labour inspectorates.