Better Work Jordan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Egypt | ICAR

Better Work Jordan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Egypt

Better Work is a partnership between the UN’s International Labour Organization, and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. It brings diverse groups together in Jordan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and Egypt – governments, global brands, factory owners, and unions and workers – to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive. They conduct assessments, training, advocacy and research.

Better Work conducts unannounced factory assessments in participating factories approximately every 12 months. A confidential assessment report is shared with factory management and with brands and retailers that have subscribed to that factory. For Jordan and Indonesia the transparency website became fully operational in 2017, and additional countries have since been added, disclosing compliance findings on an average of 26 labor issues (the number varies across countries). Factories have the opportunity of uploading unverified responses and additional information to the disclosed findings. In addition, the assessment reports of all factories that have received at least 2 Better Work assessments are available on BFC’s Transparency database.

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# and type of entity735Factories
RegionEgypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua, Vietnam
FrequencyAd hoc
# of metrics disclosed26
# of data points gathered per entity250
Year of first public disclosure2017
Data collection methodPrimary field research
Data verification methodOn-Site 3rd Party Verification | Crowdsourced: Checked by Better Work
Themes evaluatedAccess denied to Better Work enterprise advisors, Building and fire safety, Child labor, Employment security, Forced labor, Freedom of association / collective bargaining / industrial relations, Gender discrimination, Maternity protection, Non-discrimination/rights protection for: migrant workers, Occupational health and safety, Protection of children and young persons, Sexual harassment, Social security, Wages, Working time
Vehicle for disclosureSearchable database
Cost to accessFree
Intended users of the DisclosureWorkers in factories, Factories and/or suppliers, Brands and retailers, Unions, Governments, Consumers, Investors, NGOs and civil society, Academia