What standard does Better Work assess factories against?
Better Work uses a Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) to assess factories on compliance with international Labour Standards (4 clusters) and national law (4 clusters) as follows:
International Core Labour Standards:
- Child Labour
- Forced Labour
- Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
National Labour Law:
- Contracts and Human Resources
- Working Time
- Compensation and Benefits
- Occupational Safety and Health
There are also a very small number of areas where in the absence of local laws Better Work will assess against International Good Practice (e.g. on required numbers of fire-fighters if this is not detailed etc).
The Compliance Assessment Tool is basically the same in each country but adapted slightly to account for local variations in national law. It contains around 250 individual compliance questions.