At Better Work, we want to ensure our programme supports the global garment industry to promote positive change in workers’ lives and resilience and sustainability for businesses. During this time of unprecedented global economic and social disruption due to COVID-19, measuring our impact and understanding the changing dynamics in this global supply chain remains particularly relevant. Better Work is committed to play a role to provide the needed evidence base to inform how stakeholders will shape business and global supply chains in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
The current strategic phase of Better Work (2017-2022) includes a global research strategy. We collaborate with a multidisciplinary network of external researchers to leverage Better Work’s unique position in the garment industry to address research questions organized around five priority areas:
♦ The impact of Better Work as a programme,
♦ Gender and women’s empowerment channels
♦ Quality jobs and inclusive growth
♦ Global supply chain dynamics
♦ Future industry trends
Our unique factory-level data, as well as access to workplaces and stakeholders, offers an entry point for a variety of research approaches to address key questions on decent work in the context of a globalised world.
These key research areas and questions continue to reaffirm their relevance as the industry enters a new phase. The voices and experiences of individuals and business entities influenced by the industry disruption occurring in 2020 will be reflected as our research questions take on greater urgency in this time.
More details on priority areas for research can be found in our strategy. We welcome inquiries from scholars interested to collaborate with us in these areas. To propose a research project or request data, please direct correspondence to: [email protected].