“Better Work Vietnam is proud to have made significant impacts on the garment industry over the past ten years. Going forward, we are committed to leveraging the impacts of our programme by pursuing a more sustainable approach with deeper engagement with our stakeholders. Innovation will be the spirit of our team and sustainability will be the core of our work in Vietnam. We look forward to continuing this exciting journey in partnership with all stakeholders.” Ms Nguyen Hong Ha – Head Better Work in Asia
Better Work Vietnam’s latest annual report highlights factories’ assessment results, improvement efforts, and key initiatives from the past year. Our report details how Better Work Vietnam has expanded by more than 7.5% in 2019. The programme worked with the ILO Vietnam office to support the government in the development of a new Labour Code and has been educating managers and workers in its implementation. Many clothing factories are now facing serious challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the long-term impact is difficult to predict, social dialogue and compliance with labor laws are key for the ongoing development of the country. The 2019 Annual Report has a revamped design, intended to enable quick insights for readers into the recent progress and remaining challenges in the garment sector in Vietnam.
Investing in OSH management systems for business sustainability
“The action plans are made in consultation with (the) management team and worker representatives. In this way workers feel listened to and they are aware of their own safety and health in the workplace,”
Phuong Dao, Jasan Compliance Officer and a Performance Improvement Consultative Committee (PICC) member.
Promoting gender equality
The labour code in Vietnam was revised in 2019 to include a clear definition and associated guidelines on sexual harassment. Better Work took measures to education registered factories on the new requirements.
Celebrating 10 years in Vietnam
Over the past 10 years, Better Work Vietnam has supported garment and textile factories to improve profitability, competitiveness and working conditions. Moving forward, the Better Work Vietnam will be heavily focused on working in partnership with national constituents to create sustainable and scalable to create more and better jobs in this fast-growing industry.