85,000 people in Bangladesh benefitted from the AFA Project in the past 6 years. A new approach will be piloted in Phase 2.0.
Since 2013, the ALDI Factory Advancement Project has been an effective tool to deliver change in garment factories. Its core principle is the promotion of workplace cooperation: Workers and managers meet to jointly find sustainable solutions for improved workplaces. During the summer of 2019 the first phase was successfully completed. Phase 2.0 takes the project to the next level.
PHASE 1.0: AFA Project trainers support workplace cooperation
During 450 AFA Project activities, workers and managers from 40 factories together with AFA Project trainers jointly addressed various issues in their workplaces.
The project found that:
- Improved workplace cooperation creates sustainable solutions
- Effective communication leads to cooperative behaviour and understanding
- The untapped potential in workers can be utilised for change
- Improved workplace cooperation increases productivity and quality
PHASE 2.0: Factory Facilitators moderate workplace cooperation
We have used our 6 years’ worth of experience of the first project phase to develop a programme that will make factories independent of the support of AFA Project trainers. In AFA Project 2.0, selected workers and managers take over the former roles of AFA Project trainers. These workers and managers will lead the facilitation of dialogue and cooperation in their factories.
“With the AFA Project we do our bit to promote cooperation in factories. Giving workers a meaningful role in establishing solutions is integral to ensuring dignity in production. AFA Project 2.0 will further help us to continuously improve ourselves in creating sustainable solutions on the ground”
Anke Ehlers (Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility International for the ALDI SOUTH Group)
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