The promotion of gender equality and inclusion, along with our specialized training modules and ability to establish effective worker-management dialogue mechanisms, has supported the change processes that contribute to improved productivity. Having female representatives on the Better Work Performance Improvement Consultative Committee (PICC) and training female supervisors, for instance, have both proved extremely successful, leading to an over 20 per cent increase in their production lines.
Through its training programmes spanning modules on communication, negotiation and supervisory skills, industrial relations, occupational safety and health and harassment prevention, the programme has brought about change across the factory floor and the supply chain. Better Work also offers training courses to its partner brands, recognising their crucial role in improving working conditions and enhancing worker wellbeing, which also boost competitiveness in the industry, including through the Better Work Academy.
After enrolling in Better Work, factories in Bangladesh have grown at a significantly higher pace when compared to factories outside the programme, both in terms of export revenues and volumes, which are 50 percent higher than in non-Better Work firms.
Training female supervisors through Better Work’s Supervisory Skills Training across seven country programmes boosted productivity by up to 22% in the lines they supervise. In Bangladesh, efficiency for lines supervised by women trained through the Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR) initiative and Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme increased by five per cent.
In Cambodia, efficiency rates between 2016-2019 grew by up to 50 per cent in affiliated factories in comparison to those who were not, with local firms simultaneously meeting their production targets and increasing their planned production. In Viet Nam, workers in Better Work factories reached production targets on average nearly 90 minutes faster after five years of engagement with the programme.
Better Work five-year strategy (2022-27) embraces innovation around a set of strategic priorities to adapt to the needs of the garment and footwear industry around the world.