The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Better Factories monitoring and reporting programme is planning to extend its coverage of core services to two new regions in Indonesia, to meet shifts in production away from Jakarta.

The programme aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in the country's apparel industry. It assesses workplace conditions and offers customised advisory and training services to factories to address companies' individual needs.

"West Java and Central Java Provinces are the primary producers of the garment industry in Indonesia," said Better Work Indonesia programme manager Simon Field.

"Therefore, Better Work Indonesia's presence in such regions is expected to play key contributions in conjunction with assisting to improve compliance toward labour standards and enhance the competitiveness as well as productivity in the garment industry."