Better Brick Nepal

Brick kiln The Better Brick Nepal (BBN) program addresses labor challenges, as well as environmental and quality issues in Nepal’s brick industry, which employs approximately 175,000 people and provides critical inputs to a construction industry that is among the largest sectors of the economy. Many of the workers in the brick kilns, however, are children or adults bonded by debt. They are subjected to extremely harsh living and working conditions.

While previous programs have raised awareness of these issues, BBN aims to change the incentives within the industry. BBN seeks to create a market preference for a “better brick” such that buyers of these bricks are assured of more ethical and high-quality production. At the same time, the kilns benefit from technical assistance and access to new high-value markets. Click here to learn more about the BBN project.

The BBN Standard:

In conjunction with its implementing partners—Global Fairness Initiative and Brick Clean Network—GoodWeave has created a certifiable BBN Standard on child labor, bonded labor and decent working conditions and developing plans for selected kilns to comply with the Standard. Over time, the goal is for kilns that meet the BBN Standard to achieve business benefits, and to foster needed changes in the brick industry as a whole.

All interested parties are invited to read the public summary, reports from public consultations and the full text of the standard using the links below. Your feedback is welcome at any time and will be considered by the BBN Standards Committee in revising and updating the standard. Please email or use the link below to submit comments online.

Better Brick Nepal Final Standard v 1.0

English PDF

Nepali PDF

Submit Comments Online

Stakeholder consultation reports

Round 1: (PDF) Round 2: (PDF)
Stakeholder comments: (Excel)
Changes incorporated: (PDF)

Previous versions of the draft Standard
v.3: English (PDF) / Nepali (PDF)
v.4: English (PDF) / Nepali (PDF)

Standard development process

  • BBN Standard Development Public Summary (PDF)
  • BBN Standards Committee Member Bios (PDF)
  • Operating Procedure for BBN Standard Development (PDF)


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