The Ministry of Commerce also supports the programme, with a significant proportion of our funding being provided from the Export Development Fund. Better Work Pakistan aims to produce measurable results at both the policy and factory level. The programme has opened its Karachi office and will expand its staffing to Punjab in 2023.
During its three-year pilot phase, the programme is implementing the factory engagement model in at least 120 enterprises in Karachi and Punjab. In our first year, we have already enrolled over 30 enterprises, across Karachi, Faisalabad and Lahore to support the priorities of the 14 Better Work brand partners sourcing from Pakistan. Our work supports Pakistan’s continued compliance with the European Union’s and United States respective Generalized scheme of preferences for trade. Pakistan is in the process of re-application for the next round of GSP+, which will require expanded ratifications and implementation of ILO international labour standards. The two year grace period will provide a unique opportunity to Pakistan to take forward its international commitments and improve compliance.