A 10-year journey

15 Jul 2020

Better Work Jordan celebrates a rewarding decade-long relationship with its key partners and stakeholders A 10-year journey SPOTLIGHT In 2019, Better Work Jordan marked the 10-year anniversary of its operations in the country. Since being set up in 2008 at the request of the Jordanian government, our efforts have deepened the partnership with national and international actors which has contributed to our growth and effectiveness in improving working conditions and promoting decent work in the garment sector. Over the past decade, the industry has improved non-compliance rates, enhanced social dialogue at both sectoral and factory levels, and cemented Jordan’s role as a preferred supplier, especially for the US market. In addition, the public reporting system, the transparency portal, was introduced in 2017 to ensure continuous progress in compliance. Sector-wide CBAs have encouraged social dialogue and helped eliminate for the most part wage discrimination between Jordanians and migrant workers. The programme is currently in its third strategic phase (2017–2022) and continues its initiatives at all levels — factory, country and global.

Here we compare the average non-compliance rates from Cycle 1 to Cycle 6 for the subset of 47 factories in our programme for at least six cycles, focusing on areas of concern. Comparing non-compliance rates over cycles is the most accurate way to see the effect of the programme over time.

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