New Initiative to Improve Work Conditions for Apparel Firms

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Aug. 4 – A new initiative, Better Work Vietnam, launched this month aims to help apparel firms improve work conditions for their employees.

The service is being offered by the International Finance Corporation in partnership with the International Labor Organization in the country’s southern provinces.

t will allow apparel companies to have their business assessed against international labor standards and national labor law. Companies can also have customized advisory services and a range of training options for managers, supervisors, and workers.

The US$2.5 million, two-year service will improve the lives of 700,000 workers in the southern provinces. Better Work Vietnam’s program manager, Tara Rangarajan, told Thanh Nien News that it looked forward to working as partners with Vietnamese apparel enterprises, workers, and the government of Vietnam to make sustainable improvements in labor conditions.

Rangarajan said: “The goal of our work is to find practical solutions that will decrease costs for project participants, enhance factory competitiveness in international markets, and reduce poverty among Vietnamese apparel workers, their families, and communities.”