Better Work Bangladesh Annual Report 2019: An Industry And Compliance Review

18 Sep 2019

Better Work Bangladesh: An Industry And Compliance Review Bangladesh

Better Work Bangladesh has released it’s first Industry and Compliance Review, covering 200 factory assessments conducted between June 2015 and December 2018, providing an overview of the noncompliance find­ings in factories enrolled with the programme. The data collected measures non-compliance in eight labour standard clusters: four based on ILO core la­bour standards regarding child labour, discrimination, forced labour, and freedom of association and col­lective bargaining; and four based on Bangladesh’s labour law relating to compensation, contracts and human resources, occupational safety and health, and working time.

Evaluating the impact of Better Work Bangladesh

Better Work aims to understand and measure its impact on working conditions, workers’ well-being, firm perfor­mance and broader social and economic development indicators. Better Work’s impact assessment efforts in Bangladesh are informed by a previous, independent im­pact assessment of the programme completed in 2016 when Better Work commissioned an independent research organisation to conduct an impact assessment of the programme. Data for analysis included survey and interview data collected from workers, supervisors and firm managers from Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua and Vietnam. This can be found here.  In Bangladesh, a similar investment in impact assess­ment research is being made, with baseline and midline data collection completed as of 2018. An independent research team working with Better Work Bangladesh has surveyed workers, supervisors and managers over a period of exposure to the programme, and this will serve as the basis for measuring the impact of the programme. This progress brief focuses on learnings to-date from responses to these surveys, and was conducted from October 2017 to April 2018 in 47 BWB garment factories reports on the programme’s impact on working conditions, workers’ well-being, firm performance and broader social and economic development indicators.

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