When you begin to look into responsible manufacturing it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but there are many great ethical manufacturing certifications that THR3EFOLD trusts to ensure our factories are running at the standards that end poverty and change the world, and Better Work is one of those certifications. Better Work is a comprehensive programme bringing together all levels of the garment industry to improve working conditions and respect of labour rights for workers, and boost the competitiveness of apparel, not to mention they do so in collaboration with the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Let’s see why else they brush their shoulders off.
Werk, Werk, Werk
According to the US Department of Labor, “The Better Work program improves working conditions in global textile and apparel supply chains. By monitoring factories' compliance with national labor laws and international labor standards, Better Work promotes better conditions for workers, develops competitiveness by providing technical assistance to factories that need to improve their compliance, and informs major brands and buyers of labor conditions in the sector. Multinational apparel brands use that information to make business decisions and help determine where to place their orders.”
You Know What They Say, Two is Better Than One.
Better Work takes a two-fold approach to their evaluations by encouraging factories to improve working conditions while also helping national stakeholders play a larger role in the labor market. This method of evaluating two areas help make the certification more thorough.
Better Work started in Cambodia and now has offices in 10 countries. Better Work has a presence in the United States, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Switzerland, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Haiti.
And The Winner Is...
As a result of their participation with Better Work, factories have steadily improved compliance with ILO core labour standards and national legislation covering compensation, contracts, occupational safety and health and working time. This has significantly improved working conditions and, at the same time enhanced factories’ productivity and profitability, providing not only a safe work environment but a long term stable job that workers and their families can depend on.
Currently, the program is active in 1300 factories employing more than 1.6 million workers in seven countries. As well as advising factories, Better Work collaborates with governments to improve labor laws, and with brands to ensure progress is sustained. They also advise unions on how to give workers a greater say in their lives, and work with donors to help achieve their broader development goals.
If you are interested in moving your brand into responsible manufacturing, we would love to chat with you further. Please contact us to learn more about how easy the ethical fashion brand transition can be.