A new initiative led by some of the world’s leading retailers, industry groups and humanitarian groups including Levi Strauss & Co., Nike, Gap Inc., H&M, Target and Sedex has been launched to help improve the working conditions of workers in the global apparel and footwear manufacturing sector.
Launched last week, this new project aims to achieve real, sustainable change through collective development of an industry-wide, standardized methodology for social and labor performance assessment in the apparel and footwear supply chains.
Through this project, the industry hopes that costs on duplicated auditing will be reduced significantly and the money saved can instead be used to improve social welfare for workers in the sector.
The Social and Labour Convergence Project is being facilitated by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
“The industry, having heard the call from so many different stakeholders, is convinced that the time has come to create greater alignment. We want to check less and act more: This initiative will accelerate a race to the top in social impacts within apparel and footwear manufacturing countries by shifting resources away from redundant and misaligned assessments to performance improvement and enhanced transparency. Convergence is the key to successfully increase transparency and to improve working conditions in global supply chains,” said Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Vice President Europe of SAC.
“As a company with pioneering record on labor rights and a long history of industry collaboration, we welcome the opportunity to explore how to support more effective and efficient ways to raise labor standards in the apparel supply chain,” said Michael Kobori, VP of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co.
“Social and labor assessment convergence to get to “one assessment” is an often repeated request of Sedex members, especially manufacturers, which is why Sedex is delighted to be a part of this new project,” said Sedex CEO Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman.
More information about the coalition can be obtained at the SAC website.