Who we are

Better Work Indonesia is part of the Better Work global program, which is a unique partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  It unites the expertise of the ILO in labour standards with that of the IFC in private sector development. Better Work Indonesia, which became operational in July 2011, is initially designed as a five-year program. The goal is to develop a sustainable approach that will allow the programme to continue independent operations after this five-year period. 
What we do

Better Work Indonesia (BWI) aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in Indonesia’s apparel industry by assessing current workplace conditions and offering customized advisory and training services to factories to address their individual needs. The Better Work programme helps governments, unions and companies achieve compliance with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) core labour standards and national labour laws through market incentives. It builds the capacity of employers, governments and unions to work together toward solutions that benefit all.

Indonesian President Warns on Growth
The Jakarta Globe, Aug 16, 2012

Indonesia risks losing a “golden opportunity” to boost economic growth if it fails to improve infrastructure and streamline investment regulations, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned on Thursday.

Last year, Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew at a robust 6.5 percent and foreign direct investment was a record $20 billion.

But Yudhoyono said investment and growth were both at risk without a good investment climate and improved infrastructure.

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Indonesia's footwear, garment industries record slight growth in 6 months
Xinhua, August 13, 2012  
Indonesia's Industry Minister MS Hidayat said on Monday the country's footwear, textile and garment (TPT) and leather goods saw a slight 2.86 percent growth in the first half this year, far lower than 9.45 percent in the same period last year.

"Export declining on TPT, footwear and leather goods in the first half this year was due to 6.16 percent export reduction in the period," the minister said here.

He added that the government has implemented several anticipating moves to respond industry growth reduction in the sector, among other by providing fiscal incentive policy.

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Indonesia's Economy Expected to Grow By 7% in 2013: Finance Minister
The Jakarta Globe, Aug 14, 2012

Indonesia’s economy could grow by an estimated 7 percent in 2013, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo predicted on Tuesday.

The minister cited an optimistic outlook on the global economy, which has fluctuated in the past year, but still improved over previous years. As long as the global economy continues to improve, Indonesia could reach a growth target of 6.8 to 7.2 percent next year, Agus said.

“We are certain that those levels will be reached... a growth target of between 6.8 and 7.2 percent is [in line with] the continuously improving world economic conditions,” he said.

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Indonesian batik maker partners with Disney
The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network,  Aug 15, 2012

SURAKARTA, Indonesia - Batik Keris, a Surakarta-based batik producer in Central Java, has partnered with The Walt Disney Company to create colorful batik featuring famous Disney characters in an effort to take batik forward internationally.

"Children are accustomed to seeing and wearing batik clothes, but when they see batik with their favourite animated characters, they will love batik more and more," said Djongko Rahardjo, a local fashion designer, who is also the head of the Association of Surakarta Fashion Designers, on Monday.

The Disney collection is in the form of printed batik
Apindo expects domestic industry to grow by 7.1 pct this year
Antara News, Aug 14, 2012

Jakarta  (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Businessmen Association (Apindo) has expressed hope that the introduction of investment-friendly fiscal policies, such as tax cuts, will enable the domestic industry to grow by 7.1 percent in 2012.

In light of the rapid growth of the industrial sector in Indonesia, domestic investors who are members of the Indonesian Businessmen Association (Apindo) said they were convinced that the government could achieve its growth target of 7.1 percent in 2012.

"Industrial growth can reach 7.1 percent if the government continues to focus on developing the downstream sector. That will also attract investors," Apindo chairman Erwin Aksa stated.

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Indonesia's economy experiencing rapid progress, to be among 10th largest
Antara News, Aug 13, 2012

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s economy is now experiencing rapid progress, and if such a condition continues to be maintained the country's economy will grow to become the tenth strongest in the world by 2025, Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said here overnight.

"The economy of Indonesia is moving ahead steadily and it is now the 15th strongest in the world. If we continue to maintain it, it will be the tenth strongest in 2025," the economic minister noted.

He explained that the people`s standard of living is predicted to improve in 2014 with an income per capita over US$5,000, and by 2025 it will reach US$16,000 to make Indonesia among the ten strongest economic countries in the world.

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BI holds rate, cautious on trade deficit
The Jakarta Post, August 10, 2012

Indonesia’s central bank held its benchmark interest rate on Thursday at the record-low 5.75 percent, as expected, citing concerns over a current account deficit that could hurt investors’ confidence in the country’s assets, including the rupiah.

Weaker exports, followed by rising imports due to higher domestic demand despite the global slowdown, have created a deficit in Indonesia’s trade balance for three straight months, and its current account also suffered a deficit for a second consecutive quarter.

“The current account deficit increased in the second quarter of 2012, but it is forecast to decline in the second half of the year,” Bank Indonesia (BI) announced in a policy statement after a monthly meeting attended by the five-member board of governors

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Better Work Indonesia

ILO Jakarta Office
Menara Thamrin Level 22
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 3 | Jakarta 10250
Tel. +62 21 391 3112
Fax. +62 21 310 0766

E-mail: indonesia@betterwork.org

Better Work Indonesia is funded by the Australian and USA Government through AusAID and USDOL



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