Better Work Hosts Innovation Lab in Bangkok

9 Oct 2023

BANGKOK, Thailand, 2 October 2023 – Around 100 Better Work staff members convened this week in Bangkok to share knowledge and set goals for future progress as part of the 2023 “Innovation Lab.”  

Better Work is in year two of our “Sustaining Impact” strategy; the approach we are taking now reflects our future vision for the global garment industry – and beyond – to create long-term, progressive change for workers and businesses that can be managed outside of the immediate scope of Better Work.

The workshops during The Innovation Lab and our ongoing efforts are set to amplify our impact as we continue to expand into new countries and sectors, adapting to unique challenges while staying focused on our vision for the global garment industry.

In her opening address, ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa shared her vision for the future of Better Work and the ILO in the region: “Better Work has provided a more agile model within the ILO of how to respond deftly and efficiently to changing circumstances, working hand-in-hand with partners and factories to help them navigate ´the new normal,´ even as that was a moving target.”

Better Work has provided a more agile model within the ILO of how to respond deftly and efficiently to changing circumstances, working hand-in-hand with partners and factories to help them navigate ´the new normal,´ even as that was a moving target.

Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa

ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

The unifying purpose of the knowledge-sharing event was to bring together Better Work Enterprise Advisors, Training Officers and Technical Experts to promote an integrated approach on areas including occupational safety and health (OSH), gender equality and inclusion, industrial relations, quality assurance, and compliance assessment tools. In all these areas, we are adapting our methodologies to ensure delivery of our strategic goals and to contribute to the overarching goals of the ILO and IFC.

Nurturing a spirit of cross-country collaboration and learning is the unifying approach behind these common goals. Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing among staff across country programmes is what we’ve found – and hope continues to – promote innovation and progressive thinking. 

These values were showcased through collaborative workshops, staff experience sharing and interviews, team discussions of how to implement new tools and processes, and presentations on the future of Better Work.

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