Throughout 2020, ILO-BW and SLCP collaborated to review and update Step 1 of the Tool
under the Converged Assessment Framework (CAF) v1.4. As a result of this process, and
pending approval from their constituents, Better Work will use the Step 1 of the SLCP Data
Collection Tool, which captures data from the Better Work Compliance Assessment Tool
(agreed with national constituents in each Better Work country) and includes essential data
points to determine compliance with national laws and international labor standards. It will
be possible for facilities to share their data from a Better Work assessment through the SLCP
Gateway to share with business partners on other platforms.
In Better Work countries, the SLCP Converged Assessment Framework (CAF v1.4) will be
launched with a ‘Law Overlay’ developed with Better Work, once national constituents
(government, employers and workers) have signed off on the new Tool. As agreed with
SLCP, brands will not introduce CAF v1.4 in BW enrolled factories until the tool is formally
approved by constituents. From that moment onwards, the CAF v1.4 will be available for
implementation in all factories in the country, including non-Better Work-registered
Better Work will continue to work with SLCP to bring Step 1 of the Data Collection Tool
(under CAF) into full alignment with the data sharing needs agreed upon with national
constituents. This will include reducing questions in Step 1 and including data points related
to social dialogue, management systems and other compliance areas. The updates will be
incorporated in v1.5 of the Tool (launch Jan/Feb 2022). These revisions will also be based on
constituent feedback upon review of the data collected through the Tool.
Once the CAF is launched and available in a Better Work country, Step 1 will have a Law
Overlay, a guide containing information on core international labor standards, national laws
and ILO norms, to support compliance determinations in each particular country.
Both Better Work and non-Better Work facilities will have access to the national Law
Overlay, which will also be available via SLCP’s Accredited Hosts.
SLCP launched the CAF v1.4 in all of the non-Better Work countries where the CAF v1.3
was available at the end of March 2021 (Bangladesh, Indonesia & Vietnam). For a list of
countries where SLCP is active and further information, see the SLCP Gateway.
Better Work will review learnings from roll-out in the first three countries before making a
final decision on rollout in new countries.