What do we want to achieve?

We believe that we can improve working conditions by joining forces: ‘one single assessment for all, more resources and improvements for everyone’. That is why we want to create a converged assessment framework that supports stakeholder’s efforts to improve working conditions in the global apparel and footwear supply chain. A converged assessment will allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions.

What is the scope?

This project will take a step-by-step approach, with a clear scope and ambitious planning. The Project’s deliverables include:

  • A simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment tool, which
    • Is descriptive – standard agnostic and judgement free
    • Collects relevant and essential social & labor data
    • Assesses objectively social & labor conditions
  • A verification methodology that ensures the integrity and accuracy of the data collected via the tool
  • Terms & Conditions for usage of SLCP converged assessment framework by signatories and end-users (e.g. used without amendments)
  • An operational plan to facilitate the adoption of the tool and verification methodology
  • A future vision and strategic plan for continuing support and oversight of the SLCP converged assessment framework
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Approach

The project is on track with its aggressive timeline and we are extremely optimistic about the direction of the SLCP. Our progress is a clear demonstration of what’s possible when all the stakeholders involved share a common vision, and don’t get distracted by individual agendas. This project uses a multi-stakeholder approach. All involved parties are committed to act and collaborate in an inclusive manner.

Working groups
The project has five focus areas, each of which is translated into one operational working group: Tool Development, Verification, Stakeholder Engagement, Communication & Public Relations and Adoption & Operation. For each of the working groups, goals and milestones as outlined in the Strategy Document have been identified. 

Signatories

In October 2015, 33 parties announced their commitment to the rationale and principles of this joint project: collaboratively building the tools and verification methodology, as well as the intention to replace proprietary tools with the S&L Convergence tool. A public statement invited all stakeholders to join. Since then, the number of signatories increased from 33 to over 150, and we expect (and want) more partners to join the project.

Adidas Group, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Inc, Arc’teryx, Asics Corporation, Bestseller A/S, Brooks Sports, Burton Snowboards, C&A, C & J Clark International Ltd, Camelbak, Columbia Sportswear Co., De Bijenkorf, Ecco Holding A/S, Eileen Fisher, Fanatics, Fast Retailing/Uniqlo, Gap Inc., G-Star, H&M, HEMA, Hudson’s Bay Company, IC Group, INDIGENOUS, Inditex, KappAhl, Kathmandu, Kering, L Brands, Levi Strauss & Co., LL Bean Inc., Loomstate, lululemon, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Miss Green, Mud Jeans, M&S, Nike Inc., Outerknown, Patagonia Inc., PrAna Living LLC, Puma, PVH Corp., REI, SanMar Corp, Stella McCartney, Schutt Sports, Talbots, Target Corporation, The Children’s Place, Tory Burch, Uniform Project, VFc-Timberland, Vetta Brands, Williams Sonoma, Inc., zLabels, Zephyr Graf-X

Artistic Milliners, Arvind Mills, Avery Dennison Corp, Chenfeng Group Co., Classic Fashion, Comfit Composite Limited, Crystal Group, DBL Group, Delta Galil, Esquel Group, Flextronics, Hanbo Enterprises Holdings Limited, Hirdaramani Ent., ISKO, L&E Int. Ltd., MAS Holdings, Milteks Group, Nester Hosiery, Pratibha Syntex Limited, Ramatex Group, Randa Accessories, SaiTex, Sing Lun Global, SLN Tekstil, Sun Queen Garments, TAL Apparel Group, Thread International, W. L. Gore & Associates, VogueTex, Yousstex, Youngone, Yunus Textile Mills

ANM Transformational Solutions, Asya CC&C, Assent Compliance, Bureau Veritas, BSI group, Control Union Certifications, CTC Groups, DNVGL, EcoVadis, Elevate, Fair Factories Clearinghouse, FutureMade, iMentor, Impactt Limited, Intertek KSA Leverage Limited, Koopman Works, MicroBenefits, NEWAsia Solutions Limited, Omega Compliance, Openview Services Lmtd., SCS Global Services, SewEasy, SMT Global,  SGS, The Sentio Advisory Group, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD, Sumerra, UL Responsible Sourcing, Ulula, Workplace Options

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Danish Fashion Institute, Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH), Good World Solutions, Fair Trade USA, Freedom Fund, International Apparel Federation (IAF), IDH, New Earth, NBIM, Responsible Sourcing Network, Sedex, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Solidaridad, The Mekong Club, Verité, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Textile Exchange

Denmark – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

ILO, OECD (Both as Observers)

Ethical Apparel Africa, Haddad Group, Li&Fung (Trading) Ltd., MGF Sourcing, Piece&Co

AAFA, European Outdoor Group (EOG), JAAF, Leather Working Group, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Governance

The project uses a multi-stakeholder governance approach. Several bodies have been established in order to create checks and balances, clear division between the strategic level and operations, and to recognize different involvement levels of stakeholders. The Steering Committee, responsible for strategic direction of the project, has multi-stakeholder representation with members elected by signatories. The Steering Committee is led by an independent chair. A Project Management Team is responsible for the operational aspects, coordinates the Working Groups, and makes recommendations to the Steering Committee. The Working Groups drive the development work and consist of representatives of signatories. Key Working Group decisions and milestones, particularly for tool development and verification methodologies, are supported by a non-signatory Advisory Group of Standard Holders/Multi-stakeholder initiatives. Furthermore, there is a non-signatory Stakeholder Group. They have been informed on regular project updates and are also requested to provide input and advice to the Project Management Team.

10%

DECREASE IN SOCIAL AUDIT COSTS

1000

HOURS SAVED CONDUCTING SOCIAL AUDITS

10%

INCREASE IN $ SPENT ON FACTORY IMPROVEMENTS

10%

INCREASE IN FACTORIES MEETING TOP BRAND STANDARDS

 

We need your support

A convergence of efforts is the first step towards moving the industry towards sustained improvements of working conditions. You are a crucial piece of the puzzle with expertise in the assessment ecosystem. We need your help to create awareness around audit fatigue and your knowledge so that the project can develop a resource that works for everyone.

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