ABIT and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Brazil are implementing the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) methodology in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of the garment sector in the metropolitan area of the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
SCORE – ” is an ILO Global Programme aiming at improving SMEs productivity and working conditions through training and in-factory consulting. The methodology builds on the promotion of cooperation among workers and managers to enhance lean manufacturing processes, human resources management, quality control, OSH, and gender equality.
SCORE methodology sustains that workplace cooperation techniques can support SMEs in achieving higher productivity and competitiveness while contributing to better working conditions. It aims to deliver win-win results for business owners and workers with a human-centred approach of production processes.
The project has partnered with sectorial institutions in Brazil, such as the Brazilian Association of Textile Retail (ABVTEX) and the National Service of Industrial Training (SENAI), to provide pilot training to São Paulo area SMEs that participate in the supply chain of national retail brands. Through the pilot, the project seeks to adapt SCORE methodology to the Brazilian context and to build national capacities for business development centred on the Decent Work agenda. Click here for more information on SCORE (in Portuguese).