Better Work - a joint programme of the UN’s International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group – assesses compliance with core international labour standards and national legislation in 1,700 apparel factories employing more than 2.4 million workers across 12 countries.

The Transparency Portal makes key findings from Better Work assessments public, revealing which factories have been found 'non-compliant' on issues such as occupational safety and health, child labour, forced labour, discrimination, worker compensation, contracts and freedom of association.

Better Work uses a comprehensive set of questions, known as the Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT), to assess compliance with core international labour standards and national labour law. Overall, the CAT covers more than 200 issues. On average across countries, 26 of these are highlighted on the Transparency Portal.

Better Work compliance assessments include information about a factory's compliance performance at the time of the Better Work assessment. During the course of the Covid 19 pandemic, Better Work has not conducted traditional onsite compliance visits, but adapted visits and assessment methodologies to respond to mandatory lockdown measures in country programmes and in an effort to reduce exposure to and spread of the virus amongst Better Work staff and factory personnel. The description of the assessment modality used during the pandemic can be found in the Compliance Data section of this site.

Factories can respond to non-compliance findings directly to this website. For example, they may submit a photo showing that an emergency exit that was found to be blocked is now clear.

A factory's compliance findings remain on the Transparency Portal until a new Better Work assessment report is published, at which point the site is updated to reflect just the most recent data.

See this page to explore the factory compliance findings currently available, and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.


  Compliance Assessment Tool

Better Work’s Global Compliance Assessment Tool (CAT) is used to assess compliance with core international labour standards and national labour law.