The Race to the Top program sprung forth from a bold question: what if all apparel and footwear industry stakeholders who are operating in Vietnam could devise an open platform aimed at shaping a more sustainable sector, and turn the sector’s race to the bottom of pricing and manufacturing standards, into a race to the top?
As a part of this platform, a Worker Engagement an Productivity program is developed, where dialogue and LEAN experts work with factory stakeholders (IE. workers, local union representatives, supervisors, and management) to work on soft and technical skill development, to improve both sustainability and profitiability.
Looking at the first factory to graduate in the program, related to productivity and worker well-being, improvements are showing. Implementation at the factory have positive outcomes both on factory knowledge to produce more effectively, but also on worker satisfaction, with amongst others absenteeism and turnover acting as proxies for this metric.