Better work programme

Working with the ILO’s social partners, employer and worker organizations, across Asia-Pacific is a priority of the Australian Government – ILO Partnership Agreement. The ILO’s technical cooperation work in facilitating dialogue in the workplace – one that respects rights at work and strives for greater productivity – led to the Better Work Programme, a joint initiative of the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The Australian Government – ILO Partnership Agreement has identified the Better Work Programme as a major beneficiary of its resources.

The Better Work Programme was launched in 2006 to improve compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. The Better Work Programme has concentrated on country programs in the apparel sector and is currently considering potential programmes in the tourism sector.

Better Factories Cambodia

The programme in Cambodia is working with 272 factories, which supply apparel to 33 registered buyers. After a decade of operation, Better Factories Cambodia is shifting under the umbrella system of Better Work’s global Quality Assurance Control, while at the same moving toward financial sustainability.

Better Work Indonesia

The programme in Indonesia was established at the end of 2010. A professional team has been trained and pilot assessments have been carried out in a number of factories. In addition, Better Work Indonesia is liaising with the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration to review Better Work’s compliance assessment tool, which has been adapted to the Indonesian context. Project officers are now engaged in dialogue with more than 100 enterprises located in the Great Jakarta region.


The programme in Viet Nam is working with more than 150 registered factories and 33 international buyers. The programme is striving to ensure the quality of services provided throughout 2012 while preparing to implement its planned expansion.

For further information please contact:

Ms Chandra Garber