Better Work

Jordan

Established in 2008, Better Work Jordan brings diverse groups together - employers, factory owners, trade unions, global brands and governments - to improve working conditions and enhance business competitiveness in the global garment industry.

Brands and Retailers

26

Factories

97

Workers

74,130

Better Work Jordan has led to a lower incidence of forced labour in the garment industry and an increase in worker take-home pay.

Stakeholders in the garment sector signed the 2022 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which covers all workers in the sector for a period of three years.

Better Work Jordan launched an innovative mental health project in 2021 that aims to improve the mental health of workers in the garment sector.

Better Work Jordan

Established in 2008 as a partnership programme of the ILO and the IFC, Better Work Jordan brings diverse groups together - employers, factory owners, trade unions, global brands and governments - to improve working conditions and enhance business competitiveness in the global garment industry.

It strives for an export-oriented Jordanian garment industry that lifts people out of poverty by providing decent work, empowering women and driving business competitiveness and inclusive economic growth.

Better Work Jordan works to strengthen the capacity of tripartite constituents – government, workers and employers – to fulfill their mandates in promoting decent work outcomes. As a first for Better Work, Better Work Jordan tested successfully an innovative labour inspection secondment programme to build the capacity of labour inspectors to conduct high quality inspections. In recent years, the programme has also worked with other technical teams within the ILO, including experts on occupational safety and health (OSH), to equip Ministry of Labor (MoL) inspectors with the tools, skills and knowledge to undertake factory assessments using Better Work methodology. This initiative resulted in the establishment of a dedicated Better Work Unit at the MoL tasked with conducting inspections in the garment, plastic, chemical and engineering sectors jointly with Better Work Jordan staff. 

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Our Strategic Goals

Better Work Jordan’s 2022-2027 strategic phase will work to achieve the following outcomes:

By 2027, Jordan’s garment industry will have an effective system of tripartite-plus labour market governance, in which workers’ rights are upheld and protected in line with national labour laws and core international labour standards.

By 2027, export growth combined with active labour market policies will increase the garment industry’s contribution to Jordanian employment.

By 2027, Better Work Jordan will have made a positive impact on working conditions and labour market governance beyond Jordan’s export-oriented garment industry.

Latest news

Featured 19 Dec 2023

Better Work Jordan: Stakeholders collaborate on draft grievance mechanism in Jordan’s garment sector

Key discussion points included the proposed procedures for submitting worker grievances, the influential role of the General Trade Union of Workers in Textile, Garment, and Clothing Industries (GTU), and the proactive involvement of the Jordanian Ministry of Labour’s (MoL) platform, “Hemaya”, in addressing and following up on grievances.

Contribution to Priority Themes

Better Work Jordan’s strategy contributes to five of the priority themes set out in the Better Work Global strategy. It also includes migration as an additional theme. These themes crosscut the strategic goals and will be present in our factory engagement, research, policy influencing and content produced as well as affect how we allocate our human and financial resources.

Data and Evidence

Data and evidence

To build a sustainable knowledge base on Jordan’s garment industry, and on labour issues in the country more broadly, Better Work Jordan will support stakeholders’ capacity to collect, analyze and effectively disseminate their own data.  Better Work Jordan will also support the garment industry trade union to improve its communication and engagement with garment workers through several digital channels, including social media, a mobile application, and an electronic membership database.

Social Dialogue

Social dialogue

Strengthening social dialogue between and management at the factory level, as well as at the sectoral level through the work of the sectoral council, Better Work Jordan will support national stakeholders’ efforts to develop robust social dialogue institutions and processes in Jordan’s garment industry.

 

 

Gender Equality and Inclusion

Gender equality and inclusion

Better Work Jordan will foster women’s economic empowerment by promoting an enabling environment that supports workers with family responsibilities and provides opportunities for women’s career development. The programme will strengthen women’s voice in factories, labour management committees and the garment industry trade union and reduce gender-based discrimination, including violence and harassment in the world of work. The Programme will also ensure that sound knowledge and data informs current national policy debates on increasing female labour force participation, tackling gender-based discrimination in the workplace and childcare provision for working parents.

Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational safety and health (OSH)

Better Work Jordan will work with the Social Security Corporation and the MoL on OSH-related non-compliance issues, while also strengthening OSH committees at the factory-level through the Trade Union and the Factory Ambassador Programme. Better Work Jordan will also work with partners at the policy level to assess the structural integrity of dorms in the garment sector and propose improvements, medical services and daycare facilities provided to workers. 

Environmental

Environmental sustainability

Better Work Jordan is currently conducting research on the environmental impacts of the garment sector and will work with stakeholders in the industry and organizations in Jordan to apply recommendations from this research. 

Key partners and donors

Governments

Government

Ministry of Labour Social Security Corporation Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply
employers

Employers

Jordan Garment and Textiles Exporters Association (JGATE) Jordan Chamber of Industry (JCI)
Workers

Workers

General Trade Union of Workers in Textile Garment and Clothing Industries
Business Community

Business Community

21 brand and retail partners

Development partners

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