Better Work is collaborating with the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) to decrease audit duplication, facilitate data sharing across the industry, and promote compliance with national laws and international standards. SLCP and Better Work believe that this way of sharing and managing data will contribute to the mission of increasing compliance and thus improving labour conditions.
As an ILO programme, Better Work assesses compliance with International Labour Standards, national labour laws and other national/international instruments as agreed to with national constituents. Our goal is to optimize Step 1 of the SLCP Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) to generate actionable and credible data for the broader industry.
Better Work’s service model will remain consistent: Engaging with factories via assessments, advisory sessions and trainings. Better Work will encourage bipartite committees to take leadership in completing Step 1 of the SLCP self-assessment, so that it represents the joint views of workers and managers. Assessment findings will continue to be reflected in factory improvement plans and will be linked to additional information on social dialogue and management systems from advisory and training services in the Better Work Online Portal.
Better Work has also enhanced its online platform and created country-specific ‘law overlays’ that provide guidance in making compliance determinations in line with national legislation and international labour standards. Better Work is introducing data sharing via SLCP progressively in Better Work countries, subject to constituent priorities and needs. Factories interested in making data available via SLCP must inform Better Work who will advise on the process for doing so.
Better Work will be introducing data-sharing via SLCP initially in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
Better Work is not considered an SLCP “verifying body” or an SLCP “accredited host” and will not verify the SLCP self-assessment provided by the factory.