From July to December 2017, Better Work is implementing a pilot of its services in approximately 30 factories, primarily in Egypt’s garment export sector, to improve working conditions and boost business competitiveness.
Established at the request of the Government of Egypt and after consultation with all industry stakeholders, the pilot will engage the government, manufacturers and their associations, all trade unions, international apparel brands and their suppliers.
A decision about implementation of a full Better Work programme beyond this period will be taken at the end of the pilot. The ILO and the IFC will assess the success of the pilot with stakeholders and determine the potential for Better Work to contribute to better working conditions, stronger social dialogue and competitiveness in the sector, including the enabling legal and policy conditions to achieve these outcomes.
About the industry
Egypt’s textile industry has a rich and long history. The textile and garment sector incorporates several steps of the supply chain including the cultivation of cotton, the production of yarns and fabrics – such as spinning, weaving, dying and knitting – as well as the manufacturing of a range of garments.
The industry plays an important role in the Egyptian economy as the second largest sector after agriculture, representing 25 per cent of industrial production. Garment exports were valued USD 1.25 billion in 2016.
The entire cotton, textile and garment industry is reported to provide one million jobs, around half of them to women.