Better Work aims for individual factory improvements to have a ripple effect across national industries and impact vast numbers of lives. To that end, a crucial relationship for us is the one we have with national government bodies who have the power to enact good laws that offer protection and rights in the countries where we work.

We influence national-level labour issues by harnessing the ILO’s long-held expertise as a convener, bringing together the various actors in the labour field and promoting social dialogue. To do this, we build tripartite platforms of government (usually ministries of labour) employers and trade unions in each of our country programmes. These Project Advisory Committees meet regularly and provide guidance for our work and effective solutions for industry progress benefiting workers, businesses and the country.

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.

After careful evaluation, we can see that Better Work has been able to help many businesses successfully and implement the Vietnamese law, it’s a great achievement. – Nguyen Van Tien, Chief Inspector, Vietnam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA)