Since 2009, Better Work Jordan has joined forces with workers, employers and the government to improve living and working conditions and boost the competitiveness of the garment industry.
Today, Jordan’s garment industry accounts for 23 per cent of the country’s exports, with a value exceeding USD1.9 billion in 2019, almost double the USD 700 million recorded in 2007.
Enrolment in the programme is mandatory for garment factories and subcontractors exporting to the US and Israel, and for eligible manufacturing enterprises in the chemicals, plastics and engineering sectors. Garment factories exporting to the EU market under the relaxed rules of origin (RoO) are also enrolled with Better Work Jordan.
As of March 2020, factories have enrolled in the programme: 49 direct exporters, 22 subcontractors and 22 satellites units, 4 non-garment factories. Most apparel factories are situated in the 13 Qualified Industrial Zones (QIZs), the three largest being located in ad-Dulyal, Sahab and outside the country’s second-largest city of Irbid. Around 75 per cent of the workforce is comprised of migrant workers, most of whom are from South and South-East Asia.
In 2019, Better Work Jordan launched a four-year gender strategy to amplify its work to provide gender-responsive services and to more actively promote gender equality. The strategy is structured around four key themes – Discrimination, Paid Work & Care, Voice & Representation and Leadership & Skills Development – under which Better Work Jordan will work towards specific goals.