Better Work’s unique quality data about compliance, working conditions and enterprise performance in the garment sector, when widely shared and accessible to constituents and industry actors, is considered trustworthy, neutral, and highly valuable to inform sustainable change.
Our data can empower national constituents to develop evidence-based policy informed by robust data, insights and knowledge of the apparel industry in their countries. Existing efforts will be scaled up over the next five years by expanding data collection methods and tools and aggregating robust data and evidence from different academic and sectorial sources, including from constituents and industry partners. This will allow a deeper analysis of the data we gather. We will also strengthen communication on our findings, as well as build capacity of national constituents to access and utilize our data and evidence.
As the programme is currently evolving its factory engagement model for the next five years, the types of data collected, and the systems required to use it effectively are also transforming. Better Work will continuously engage with global and national constituents to determine their data and evidence needs, informing operational adjustments for data collection and data sharing to support the advancement of their mandates.
Better Work and the broader International Labour Organization (ILO) will continue their close collaboration on data and evidence. This means reinforcing the complementarity of data collection and facilitating data aggregation to inform policy advocacy on topics like wages, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and gender equality.
Better Work’s Impact
Better Work has developed a strong capacity to collect and analyze data, building on an extensive academic network and developing expertise on a range of labour and compliance issues across the garment industry.
In each country, Better Work has provided accessible data through its transparency and data sharing portals, robust analysis and experience from enterprise services to illustrate how national policies affect factory-level practices, and how policy experiments at the enterprise level can be scaled at the industry and national levels. In Vietnam, for example, the programme has influenced national policy and regulations, including through its inputs to the national labour law revision. This has been possible thanks to the availability and trust in enterprise-level data collected. Transparently reporting on non-compliance issues at the factory level has been identified as a key driver for improvements in working conditions.
During its last phase, 2017-2022, Better Work’s data and evidence informed:
The Better Work Transparency Portal, where we disclose the names of the factories registered with our programmes and their compliance with key national and international labour standards, has become an essential tool for policymakers, regulators, businesses and employer and worker organisations, who strive to promote decent work across an ever-changing industry.
Better Work Action Plan
By 2027, Better Work will have continued to collect, analyse and share robust data and evidence on labour conditions and compliance as well as all strategy priority themes. The Programme will engage with national constituents to improve their access to and capacity to use Better Work’s own and other sources of reliable data to inform evidence-based policy making to protect workers’ rights in the garment industry and support enterprises to be resilient and to adapt to future industry transformations, including through predictive technologies.
Better Work’s Data and Evidence Action Plan is responsive and designed to evolve over the lifetime of our strategy, Sustaining Impact, 2022/27. In consultation with global and national partners, we will continue to refine our action plans to ensure they support long-term, progressive change.
We will support data collection on the thematic areas of our strategy across all our country programmes.