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BWP program to help improve labor welfare in Pakistan

Atika Riffat, Joint Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development says international buyers are increasingly getting sensitive about ethical sourcing and international compliances.

To cater to this demand, the Pakistan government recently carried out various interventions to improve working conditions in the country. It also launched the Better Work Programme (BWP) to improve Pakistan’s compliance and exhibit its commitment to improve labor welfare. The program was launched in collaboration with the International Labor Organisation and aims to improve working conditions in textile industry and make the sector more competitive by enabling collaboration between government, global brands, factory owners and workers.

The program includes a comprehensive framework on improving industrial relations through training and compliance with International labor standards including occupational safety and health, nature of employment, discrimination and other forms of labor practices as well as strengthening employers and workers organisations in textile industry.