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Better Work Vietnam to support apparel enterprises in southern provinces
Aug '09
Better Work Vietnam begins offering its services to apparel enterprises in Vietnam's southern provinces. The program aims to help improve working conditions for more than 700,000 workers and boost the international competitiveness of the sector.

Services include assessments against international labor standards and national labor law, customized advisory services for enterprises, and a range of training options for managers, supervisors, and workers.

Ms. Tara Rangarajan, Program Manager of Better Work Vietnam, said that: “Better Work Vietnam looks forward to working as partners with Vietnamese apparel enterprises, workers, and the Government of Vietnam to make sustainable improvements in labor conditions. 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”.

By signing up for the services provided by Better Work Vietnam, apparel enterprises stand to become more competitive by improving working conditions and labor-management relations, enhancing collaboration with buyers, and strengthening business processes. “IFC's experience shows that there is a clear and strong business case for companies to effectively manage their social risks. Better Work Vietnam is an opportunity to demonstrate that responsible labor practices have the potential to open export markets,” said Ms. Nguyen Quynh Trang, Head of IFC Advisory Services, Mekong Region.

Initially targeting apparel factories with more than 200 workers located in Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces, Better Work Vietnam's services aim to improve social dialogue and enhance worker-employer relations. “Vietnam is one of the first countries to pilot the Better Work program. The Project Advisory Committee is looking forward to partnering with the program to make it successful in achieving the project objectives: Better labor compliance, better working conditions, more jobs for laborers, and increased productivity,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Tien, Chief Labor Inspectorate of MoLISA and Chair of Better Work Vietnam's Project Advisory Committee.

"We all depend on decent work. A better future means having access to decent and productive employment, in conditions of freedom, equity security and human dignity. Raising business competitiveness by improving labor standards in global supply chains is vital for bringing about decent work. The ILO Viet Nam office is excited about Better Work Vietnam because the program can contribute to demonstrating how this can practically and sustainably be done”, said Mr. Conor Boyle, ILO International Expert from the Global Better Work Program in Geneva.

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