Company cases and cross-company initiatives: Working conditions improvement in Haiti

The publication intends to report on some of the changes that have been taking place in Haitian garment factories as a result of the ILO-USDOL project "Improving working conditions and productivity in the garment industry in Haiti".

This publication reports on some of the changes that have been taking place in Haitian garment factories as a result of an ILO project in Haiti, funded by the US Department of Labor, to improve working conditions in the garment assembly sector. Based on interviews with factory owners and managers, the report highlights good practice on a range of issues: better ergonomics, improved chemical safety, noise reduction, electrical and fire safety, improved workers' welfare facilities, better awareness of workers' rights and other concerns. There is now a clear understanding of the crucial relationship between improvement in working conditions, a better working environment, increased productivity and quality. Technical assistance and training have been based around ILO's well-tested WISE (Work Improvements in Small Enterprises) approach, which provides simple, low-cost, practical ideas for improvement of working conditions that can help businesses to improve their productivity at the same time.