Five big firms put $1m into supply chain initiativeJanuary 2010
A labour standards programme for factories in poorer countries has been given a boost by five of the largest companies in the US.
Gap, Levi Strauss, Nike, Wal-Mart and Walt Disney have agreed to collectively contribute $1million (£611,000, €686,000) to Better Work, which is aimed at improving labour standards compliance worldwide.
The companies will help to develop assessment and training tools for the programme, which is run jointly by the International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector arm.
Better Work aims to bring together governments, employers, multinational corporations and trade unions to improve working conditions in third world supplier factories by testing out new ideas in ethical supply chain management, such as working with buyers to change their ordering habits. Much of its work has been focussed on Jordan, Lesotho, and Vietnam.
The five companies supporting the programme are all large buyers of apparel from suppliers in developing countries.
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