Throughout 2020, ILO-BW and SLCP collaborated to review and update Step 1 of the Tool under the Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) v1.4. As a result of this process, and pending approval from their constituents, Better Work uses the Step 1 of the SLCP Data Collection Tool, which captures data from the Better Work Compliance Assessment Tool (agreed with national constituents in each Better Work country) and includes essential data points to determine compliance with national laws and international labor standards. It is possible for facilities to share their data from a Better Work assessment through the SLCP Gateway to share with business partners on other platforms.
In Better Work countries, the SLCP Converged Assessment Framework (CAF v1.4) has been launched with a ‘Law Overlay’ developed with Better Work, following national constituents (government, employers and workers) signing off on the Tool. As agreed with SLCP, brands will not introduce CAF v1.4 in BW enrolled factories until the tool is formally approved by constituents in that country. In 2021 the Better Work platform has been enhanced to enable factories to initiate data sharing via SLCP and to allow for the SLCP self-assessment to populate the Better Work online platform. Data sharing is currently possible in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam for BW enrolled factories wishing to do so. In these countries, the CAF v1.4 is available for implementation in all factories in the country, including non-Better Work-registered facilities.
Better Work will continue to work with SLCP to bring Step 1 of the Data Collection Tool (under CAF) into full alignment with the data sharing needs agreed upon with national constituents. This will include reducing questions in Step 1 and including data points related to social dialogue, management systems and other compliance areas. The updates will be incorporated in v1.5 of the Tool (launch 2022 TBD). These revisions will also be based on constituent feedback upon review of the data collected through the Tool.
Once the CAF is launched and available in a Better Work country, Step 1 includes a Law Overlay, which is a guide containing information on core international labor standards, national laws and ILO norms, to support compliance determinations in each particular country.
Both Better Work and non-Better Work facilities have access to the national Law Overlay, which is also available via SLCP’s Accredited Hosts.
SLCP launched the CAF v1.4 in all of the non-Better Work countries where the CAF v1.3 was available at the end of March 2021 (Bangladesh, Indonesia & Vietnam). For a list of countries where SLCP is active and further information, see the SLCP Gateway.
Better Work will review learnings from roll-out in the first three countries before making a final decision on rollout in new countries.