Better Work Jordan works closely with our parent organizations – the International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group – and different stakeholders on a national level. Our Project Advisory Committee (PAC) gathers different national stakeholders to find solutions and bring improvements the garment industry. The PAC provides strategic advice on the directions of the programme, reviews progress on implementation, and serves as a platform for engagement among stakeholders on key industry issues through biannual meetings. This committee is comprised of representatives from the government of Jordan, of employers’ associations and of the trade unions.
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Members of the PAC
♦ Haitham Al Najdawi, Ministry of Labour, Head of Inspection Department
♦ Eng. Najah Abu Tafesh, Ministry of Labour, Head of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Department
♦ Amal Al-Abdallat. – Ministry of Labour delegate in Jordan Investment Commission.
♦ Hassan Al-Nsour, Head of Business Environmental Development of QIZ, Ministry of Industry and Trade
♦ Farhan Ifram: MAS ACTIVE AL SAFI General Director, Chairperson of Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association(JGATE)
♦ Dina Khayyat, Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association: Vice Chairman of the Board
♦ Oryana Awaisheh, Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association Board Member
♦ Hussam Saleh: Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association: Chairman of the Board
♦ Hassib Salameh (alternate): Jordan Chamber of Industry: Coordinator of the industrial development unit
♦ Ihab Qadri, Representatives of the Leath and Garment sector at the Jordan Chamber of Industry
♦ Fathallah Al-Omrani: The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries: President
♦ Ahlam Al-Terawi: The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries: Coordinator
♦ Jamila Lafi: The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries: Member
♦ Nayfeh Sulaiman : The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries: Member
♦ Carina Klein: US embassy, Economic Officer
♦ Lina Bazyan: US embassy, Economic Analyst
♦Abeer Shalan: IFC Project Manager
Since the inception of Better Work Jordan in 2008 at the request of the Jordanian government, Better Work Jordan has worked closely with the Government of Jordan (GoJ) to promote decent living and working conditions inside garment and non-garment factories.
As part of efforts to bolster collaboration between Better Work Jordan and the Jordanian Ministry of Labour, a secondment programme commenced in August 2018 to build the capacity of labour inspectors through in-class and field training. The secondment programme operates in addition to the delivery of training workshops and sessions to labour inspectors, topics include Better Work services model, dorms’ inspection, sexual harassment prevention.
Better Work Jordan signed an agreement with the Social Security Corporate through a short secondment programme to support the Programme’s initiatives on OSH. the secondment programme is currently in its second round.
Workers and unions
Better Work Jordan works with unions and directly with workers to help realize their rights on the factory floor and find ways to boost their skills so that they can engage in productive discussions and negotiate with employers. Efforts to strengthen social dialogue at both sectoral and factory levels, for example, has culminated in the signing of a new sector-wide collective bargaining agreement between two apparel employers’ associations and the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries in December 2019.
Better Work Jordan signed a Memorandum of understanding with The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries in 2018. This agreement aims to further propagate Better Work’s mission to improve working conditions, protect workers’ rights and boost the competitiveness of the industry.
Factories and manufacturers
Factories and manufacturer enterprises are key partners in Better Work Jordan’s efforts to create better conditions for garment workers in a way that also boosts business performance. Better Work Jordan believes that effective cooperation and mutual trust between employers and their workers not only leads to better working conditions, but also better results for business.
Brands and retailers
Our brands, retailers and intermediaries are industry leaders in the way they reimagine the global supply chain, where workers’ rights are fully respected and businesses gain a competitive advantage to grow.
Brands and retailers who are Better Work Jordan partners commit to coordinate efforts to maximize impact, for example by reducing duplicate audits and supporting improvement efforts of suppliers in a manner that is complementary and reinforces Better Work Jordan’s assistance to factories. In addition to having access to Better Work Jordan assessment reports, our partners have regular interactions with Better Work Jordan and the global Better Work programme to discuss industry developments and factory-level issues.
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The following brands sourcing from Jordanian factories are Better Work Jordan partners
Our brand partners
Our work is funded through a combination of private sector fees for our services and grants from donors. We work closely with development partners to understand their specific interests and goals and help them achieve these objectives through our efforts.
Development partners are actively engaged in our programme and are key partners in the development of strategies to improve the garment sector and the supply chains.
The following governments are Better Work Jordan development partners:
Jordan (Ministry of Labour)
United States (US Department of Labor, USDOL)
Canada (the Labour Program of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)