What We Do
We monitor factories, train management and workers, and provide guidance and advice on factory improvements that help enterprises preserve profits while respecting workers’ rights.
BFC uses an integrated approach combining monitoring with training and advisory services so that factories can get the information and tools they need to make meaningful, sustainable change. We use a comprehensive monitoring checklist, based on national and international labor standards, to measure conditions during unannounced factory visits, and we follow up with detailed reports that highlight areas where working conditions fall short of labor standards. These reports offer specific suggestions for improvement in areas including freedom of association, employee contracts, wages and benefits, working hours and occupational safety and health (OSH).
To further support factories, BFC provides Good Practice sheets and trainings on topics such as OSH, supervisory and managerial skills training, and negotiating skills. Our year-long Advisory Services program helps factories make improvements by providing continuous guidance as they develop and implement action plans to help them achieve improvement goals. BFC factory advisors also help factories establish a Performance Improvement Consultative Committee, which is a joint management-worker committee tasked with developing and implementing improvement plans.
Throughout our work, we harness the power of cooperation between management and workers to address complicated workplace challenges.
Resolving complex workplace issues requires patience, skills, and in some cases, expert guidance. BFC’s one-year Advisory Services fills this need by providing an individualized approach to helping factories respond to issues identified in assessment reports. BFC provides support to help …