In each country, Better Work has provided accessible data through its transparency and data sharing portals, robust analysis and experience from enterprise services to illustrate how national policies affect factory-level practices, and how policy experiments at the enterprise level can be scaled at the industry and national levels. In Viet Nam, for example, the programme has influenced national policy and regulations, including through its inputs to the national labour law revision. This has been possible thanks to the availability and trust in enterprise-level data collected. Transparently reporting on non-compliance issues at the factory level has been identified as a key driver for improvements in working conditions.
During its last phase, 2017-2022, Better Work’s data and evidence informed:
The Better Work Transparency Portal, where we disclose the names of the factories registered with our programmes and their compliance with key national and international labour standards, has become an essential tool for policymakers, regulators, businesses and employer and worker organisations, who strive to promote decent work across an ever-changing industry.
By 2027, Better Work will have continued to collect, analyse and share robust data and evidence on labour conditions and compliance as well as all strategy priority themes. The Programme will engage with national constituents to improve their access to and capacity to use Better Work’s own and other sources of reliable data to inform evidence-based policy making to protect workers’ rights in the garment industry and support enterprises to be resilient and to adapt to future industry transformations, including through predictive technologies.
Better Work’s Data and Evidence Action Plan is responsive and designed to evolve over the lifetime of our strategy, Sustaining Impact, 2022/27. In consultation with global and national partners, we will continue to refine our action plans to ensure they support long-term, progressive change.
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.