Better Work, a collaborative programme of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), recently completed a year-long project on increasing awareness among supply chain intermediaries of how to improve working conditions in factories worldwide making products for The Walt Disney Company.
Better Work and Disney teamed up in 2016 to share expertise to improve factory working conditions and boost competitiveness. The partnership led to trainings in labour law compliance, worker engagement and effective worker-management dialogue for 201 managers from 115 licensee companies in Paris, London, Los Angeles, Jakarta, Mexico City, Bogota and New York, according to an ILO press release.
A recent study showed the programme significantly improved worker pay, decreased the gender pay gap and reduced the incidence of abusive practices in factories, while increasing firm profitability by up to 25 per cent and indirectly creating health and education benefits for workers’ families and communities, the release said.
Disney’s partnership with Better Work includes training government inspectors to better enforce labour laws, as well as training for factories on how to develop management systems that support improved working conditions. (DS)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India