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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance

Mission: Good world solutions aims to substantially improve economic and social conditions for millions of workers and their families, many living at or below the poverty level. We develop affordable and scalable technology solutions that can be applied in countries where consumer products are grown and manufactured. Our aim is 1) to give workers a voice through a free and anonymous reporting channel, and 2) to give companies and program managers the real-time, strategic information that they need to source responsibly, address community needs, or track the impact of their programs.

Programs: Labor linklabor link is a technology-driven program that improves the lives of disadvantaged and disconnected workers at the base of global supply chains. In 2014, labor link reached over 250,000 workers and farmers in 15 countries, including india, china, brazil, and bangladesh. The program leverages inexpensive mobile phone technology, including short message service (sms) and interactive voice response (ivr), to deliver critical information to workers on rights, health, education and financial security. The program also collects anonymous information directly from workers about their working and living conditions. That information, through a cloud-based infrastructure, is made available to multinational companies to inform them about conditions in their supply chains and/or workers' needs and job satisfaction. The platform creates a win-win for workers and for buyers/employers: workers benefit from labor link via increased access to empowering information and the ability to express their opinions confidentially; buyers and employers benefit from greater supply chain transparency, so they are able to identify and address problems early and often, designing interventions specifically targeted at worker needs.

technology tool research and development"amader kotha" worker helpline - this first-of-its-kind helpline gives garment factory workers in bangladesh a channel to report threats to their personal safety, including building and fire safety, as well as other working conditions issues. The platform was built in partnership with the alliance for bangladesh worker safety and its 26 member companies, as well as bangladeshi ngo phulki and hotline experts at the cahn group. The tool has reached over 535,000 workers in 280 factories. Voice of the client - this mobile survey tool gives microfinance borrowers - currently in india and peru - an anonymous channel to report income and debt levels and mistreatment by loan officers directly to microfinance institutions (mfis) and investors. It supports the smart campaign client protection principles, including preventing over-indebtedness and ensuring fair and respectful treatment. Fair wage guide - the award-winning fair wage guide is a free, web-based tool that enables piece-rate artisans, factory workers, and their buyers to determine their costs of production and calculate fair wages for their labor time. Since 2006, the tool has been used by over 90 companies and ngos from 81 countries, positively affecting the lives of more than 30,000 workers and artisans globally.

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The Fair Wage Guide is currently one of the most important initiatives in the fair trade craft movement. The Guide provides a framework for ensuring the successful growth of the movement, both in terms of increased market penetration and increased social impact per fair trade purchase. The World of Good Development Organization’s efforts are helping ensure that the fair trade craft movement realizes its potential for promoting dignity and making "living wage employment" a reality for an increasing number of artisans throughout the world.