Better Work Program
Abercrombie & Fitch is a signed Buyer Partner of Better Work, a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that brings together governments, employers, workers and international buyers to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains.
Better Work Buyer Partners engage strategically with both the Better Work Programme and with national stakeholders to drive change within the industry. Buyer Partners commit to the principles of Better Work, including promoting the implementation of Decent Work, transparency, collaboration and accountability. Buyer Partners also actively work to engage their supply chains in participating countries, where Better Work provides assessment, advisory and training services to registered suppliers to improve workplace conditions. Better Work offers suppliers a transparent and credible way to provide buyers with information about compliance and improvements. Through the Better Work Buyers' Forums, at the national and international levels, Buyer Partners can come together to discuss challenges to compliance with labour standards and help identify innovative solutions.
Abercrombie & Fitch has been a member of Better Work since 2007, and participates in Better Work Vietnam and Better Factories Cambodia. A&F maintains such a large factory base in Vietnam that it is beneficial for us to partner with Better Work here. Since the initial focus of Better Work Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding regions, over 30% of the Vietnam factories A&F works with were able to participate in Better Work Vietnam in 2012.
All Cambodian sewing factories with whom Abercrombie & Fitch works are required to be audited by Better Factories Cambodia (BFC). A&F forgoes the use of our usual monitoring firms and social audits for Cambodia sewing factories, relying solely on the BFC reports to reduce audit redundancy and provide more consistent direction for the factories. All of the BFC audits that take place in our factories are then reviewed and assigned ratings so that A&F can continue to monitor their progress.
Learn more about Better Work here.