Better Work

Better Work is developing global tools and is piloting three country projects, in Jordan, Lesotho and Viet Nam with the full cooperation of workers’ and employers’ organisations. The project combines enterprise assessments of compliance with labour standards at the factory level, with training and capacity building. The three pilot projects alone will directly benefit over 800,000 workers.


The Better Work Programme is a unique partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). It was launched in August 2006 in order to improve labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.

The programme assists enterprises improve practices based on core ILO labour standards and national labour law. It does this with a strong emphasis on improving worker-management cooperation, working conditions and social dialogue. Enhancing respect for labour standards helps enterprises meet the social compliance demands of global buyers, improves conditions for workers, and helps firms become more competitive by increasing productivity and quality.

Better Work focuses on labour intensive industries having large numbers of vulnerable workers in developing countries, such as agribusiness, apparel, construction, and light manufacturing. The programme is developing both global tools and country level projects.

Better Work is coordinated by DIALOGUE in collaboration with all other ILO technical sectors.

More information on the programme and the tools offered can be found on the Better Work website: www.betterwork.org