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.
Members of the PAC
♦ Abdullah Al-Jbour, Ministry of Labour, Head of Inspection Department
♦ Samer Al-Khdeir, Ministry of Labour, Investment Department
♦ Yasmine Al-Kharisat, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Industrial Development Directorate
♦ Hassan Al-Nsour, Head of Business Environmental Development of QIZ
♦ Samer Al-Qudah, Ministry of Labour: Head of the Legal Department
♦ Farhan Ifram: MAS ACTIVE AL SAFI General Director /Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association board member
♦ Mansoor Khawaja (alternate): Foreign Investment Association (FIA): Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association Board Member
♦ Dina Khayyat (alternate): Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association: Vice Chairman of the Board
♦ Husam Saleh: Jordan Garment Accessories & Textiles Exporters Association: Chairman of the Board
♦ Adel Tawileh: Jordan Chamber of Industry: Board member of the Jordan Chamber of Industry/Representative of the leather and garment sector
♦ Hasib Salameh (alternate): Jordan Chamber of Industry: Coordinator of the industrial development unit
♦ Maher Al-Mahrouq: Jordan Chamber of Industry: General Manager
♦ Sanal Kumar: Classic Fashion Apparel Industry Ltd Co: Chairman and Managing Director.
♦ 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: Member
♦ Khaled Al-Habahbeh: The General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions
♦ Mervat Al-Jamhawi (alternate): The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries: Coordinator.
♦ Lauren Triner: US Embassy
♦ Abeer Shalan: IFC Project Manager
Better Work Jordan was launched in 2009 at the request of the Jordanian government and, in the following year, was made mandatory to exporting factories by the Ministry of Labour. BWJ works closely with the government on a series of projects.
Recently BWJ and the Jordanian Ministry of Labour agreed to pilot a staff exchange programme for one year, which stared in 2015. Two inspectors of the Ministry of Labour have so far joined the BWJ team, in order to receive training in delivering BWJ core services.
Workers and unions
We work 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. Training on social dialogue, 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 August 2015.
Better Work Jordan recently signed a Memorandum of understanding with The General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment and Clothing Industries. This agreement will 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 manufactory enterprises are key partners in our efforts to create better conditions for garment workers in a way that also boosts business performance. We believe 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 BWJ partners commit to coordinate efforts in order to maximize impact, for example by reducing duplicate audits and supporting improvement efforts of suppliers in a manner that is complementary and reinforces BWJ’s assistance to factories. In addition to having access to BWJ assessment reports, our partners have regular interactions with BWJ and the global Better Work programme to discuss industry developments and factory-level issues.
The following brands sourcing from Jordanian factories are BWJ 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 BWJ development partners:
Jordan (Ministry of Labour)
United States (US Department of Labor, USDOL)