Better Work (BW) includes a variety of services to BW enrolled factories. More information about their factory services can be found here.
Assessments are one point of engagement between Better Work and BW enrolled factories. Better Work uses Step 1 of SLCP’s Data Collection Tool for their factory assessments; they follow their own assessment approach and protocols to complete factory assessments. At the end of the BW assessment process, the (Step 1) data can be shared with the SLCP Gateway. If you as a brand need Step 2 or Step 3 data from you BW enrolled supplier, you must ask your supplier to complete a self-assessment prior to their Better Work assessment.
Better Work does not verify self-assessments and does not act as a Verifier Body. Self-assessment data is automatically recognized as "Accurate" on the SLCP Gateway as we consider the data "enhanced" self-assessment data. This is due to the close engagement between Better Work and the Better Work factory, and the regular interactions to facilitate social dialogue between workers and management.
Training and Advisory engagements take place throughout the year to facilitate social dialogue between workers and management on the bipartite committees, to support the bipartite committee to manage compliance and remediation and to support improvement of non-compliance issues. Better Work supports bipartite committees by building their capacity and facilitating social dialogue between management and worker representatives, so they are able to jointly review, prioritize and manage improvement and remediation plans to address non-compliance issues.
While the use of self-assessments is not part of the assessment process prior to the assessment, Better Work encourages and facilitates the bipartite committee to take leadership in filling in the SLCP self-assessment so that it represents the joint views of workers and managers, with a focus on key questions on occupational safety and health, social dialogue, industrial relations and grievance systems.