This report focuses on the apparel industry in Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounding provinces. The program engages with participating factories by conducting independent assessments and offering advisory and training services. This report is an overview of findings from Better Work Vietnam’s assessments, which in turn form the basis for its individualized advisory work at the factory level.
As part of its mandate of encouraging continuous improvement and sharing information with all stakeholders, Better Work Vietnam produces two public synthesis reports per year (containing aggregated compliance data from factories over a twelve-month reporting period). Since 2013, one of the two public synthesis reports has been replaced with a more focused “thematic” report examining key issues affecting the industry.
This seventh synthesis report provides an overview of working conditions in 137 factories over the period February 2013 – January 2014. Of these, 121 have been assessed more than once by Better Work Vietnam. Section III includes information only on these factories, showing changes in compliance observed between the previous and the most recent assessment visit.