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

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, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Nicaragua – 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, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, the transparency website became fully operational in 2017, disclosing compliance findings on an average of 25 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 entity970 Factories
Region Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua, Vietnam
# of metrics disclosed25
# of data points gathered per entity250
Year of first public disclosure2017
Data collection method Primary field research
Data verification methodOn-Site 3rd Party Verification | Crowdsourced: Checked by Better Work
Themes evaluated Access 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 and downloadable excel
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