About the Program
The research is designed to generate a greater understanding of how improvements in working conditions affect the lives of workers, especially women, and their families. The research explores the impact of working conditions on life quality, child schooling, work trajectory, gender norms and stereotypes, and social interactions workers have with their families and community members.
Existing evidence suggests that social compliance programs such as Better Work, a joint program of the International Labor Organization and the International Finance Corporation, and social auditing by reputation sensitive international buyers have had a significant impact on wages and work outcomes. Workers in Better Work factories will be compared to workers in non-Better Work factories to evaluate life quality.
Thus, the main goal of the research is to determine the life quality of garment workers in ASEAN, with particular attention to: (1) women’s empowerment, (2) power mindset, (3) dehumanization and (4) impacts of FDI nationality on the lives of workers.
The Labor Lab is collaborating with the University of Indonesia and RT Analytics in Vietnam to conduct this research.
International Development Research Center (IDRC)