1. What are the aims of the program?
  2. Why is there a need for this program?
  3. Who has joined?
  4. What progress has been made so far?
  5. How is the program organized?
  6. How can I join? Do I need to pay for participation?
  7. What are the program’s Technical Committees and can I join?
  8. Why do none of the Technical Committees focus on improving working conditions or better buying practices?
  9. Can the Converged Assessment Framework be used across industries or is it specific only to textile/garment factories?
  10. Does the program provide certification?
  11. What is the difference between active and passive Accredited Hosts?

For more in-depth questions about the Converged Assessment Framework, please refer to the SLCP Gateway.

1. What are the aims of the program?

SLCP has developed a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework. This has resulted in a descriptive (standard-agnostic) tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data with the intent to objectively assess social and labor conditions and replace current proprietary tools.

Our aim is for the Converged Assessment Framework to replace current proprietary tools and in turn eliminate audit fatigue by avoiding duplications and reducing the number of social & labor audits. This will allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions. It will also increase the opportunity for greater comparability of social & labor data. SLCP will help the industry to build mutual trust and respect, measure and understand working conditions, and improve those conditions over time.

We have four ambitious but attainable aims for our five-year strategy period (2019-2023):

  • Industry adoption: 25,000 verified assessments per year by 2023.
  • Resources to improve working conditions: annual audit-related resource savings worth up to $134m by 2023, for redirection into improvement actions.
  • Data access and comparability: SLCP will be the principal source of trusted, comparable verified social and labor data in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
  • Financial resilience: SLCP will be fully self-sustaining through earned income.

2. Why is there a need for this program?

Our industries have reached a consensus: while the current compliance-focused approach to Social & Labor assessments has played a significant role improving social and labor conditions over the past two decades, it has also led to a proliferation of different standards, codes and protocols, and in turn to a proliferation of audits. We have much further to go to create sustainable remediation, and we collectively believe a Converged Assessment Framework will free up the resources and promote collaboration that will make tangible and lasting improvements on working conditions and workers’ lives.

3. Who has joined?

Since our first public statement in October 2015 the number of signatories increased from 33 to over 200. This number is increasing monthly.

Please find the latest list of signatories here.

Call to join: We invite all organizations to join hands with us to help drive greater impact in our industry.

4. What progress has been made so far?

Following the first public statement in October 2015, SLCP underwent a rigorous three-year development process. As the Converged Assessment Framework evolved through three prototypes; two pilots; and a public consultation, so too did the confidence of the growing number of SLCP signatories. Increasingly convinced of the value and impact of the Converged Assessment Framework, they strengthened their commitments to replace currently used proprietary tools with the new framework.

By late 2018, SLCP was ready to launch a Light Operation in China & Sri Lanka to pressure test the full system. During Light Operation, 150 facilities successfully completed a verified assessment and over 100 SLCP verifiers were recruited and trained. Light Operation proved that the SLCP concept works and provided significant learnings for further improvements to the tool and the data hosting & sharing system. Click here to see the Light Operations Evaluation Report. After integrating these improvements, SLCP began a phased process of rolling out at scale from late May 2019. Click here to see a full time-line of the SLCP progress.

5. How is the program organized?

The program is driven and owned by its signatories. The governing body is the SLCP Council, elected from and by SLCP signatories. The SLCP Council is a strategic and future-focused body which shapes the strategic priorities of the Program and ensures that it fulfills its Mission and Vision. A small Secretariat supports the Program’s Executive Director to execute the will of the Council. The Secretariat consults, and seeks the advice of, the signatory base through a system of Technical Committees. More information about the governance structure can be found here.

6. How can I join? Do I need to pay for participation?

Any organization can join, as long as you publicly support the objectives of the program. Payment of a small one-time signatory charter fee is required. By becoming a signatory, you are committing your organization to the SLCP Signatory Charter. More than 200 signatories have already made a commitment to the principles underpinning the development of the project.

With your organization’s senior management consent, you can let us know that you would like to become a signatory by sending an email to sandlinfo@apparelcoalition.org. We look forward to welcoming you to the team.

The program is inclusive and seeks representation from multiple stakeholder groups. All parties are welcome. We ask for contributions to the work to the extent that is feasible for your organization.

7. What are the program’s Technical Committees, and can I join?

There are currently five active Technical Committees. Signatories are welcome to apply to join one of the technical committees. Please be aware that spaces are limited, in order to keep the Committees at a workable size and to ensure the right balance of skills and expertise.

The current Technical Committees are:

  1. Converged Assessment Framework: on maintaining quality and relevance of our Data Collection Tool and verification methodology.
  2. Operation/Country Roll-out: on roll-out countries, operational strategy to reach targets in those countries and training.
  3. Verification Oversight: on maintaining quality and integrity of verification.
  4. Data Hosting & Sharing/Technology: on providing high-quality IT systems for sharing verified assessments.
  5. Stakeholder Engagement & Communication: on expansion and support of the SLCP with signatories and others through communications and stakeholder engagement.

To express your interest in joining a committee, please email sandlinfo@apparelcoalition.org.

8. Why do none of the Technical Committees focus on improving working conditions or better buying practices?

SLCP is focused on implementation of the Converged Assessment Framework. SLCP is part of a complex system and enables actors working to improve social and labor conditions. By providing reliable comparable data, SLCP will advance the work of a wide range of private and public sector organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives concerned with remediation and improvement programs, better buying practices, data analysis and transparency, and the management of standards and scoring systems. The Converged Assessment Framework will provide a basis for collaborative action by signatories, stakeholders and partners who share the same ultimate goal of improving working conditions worldwide.

9. Can the Converged Assessment Framework be used across industries or is it specific only to textile/garment factories?

The Program will focus rigorously on the apparel and footwear sector over the first three years of this strategy. It will assess opportunities to extend into other sectors as and when it has proven to be successful and achieved high level of adoption in apparel and footwear.

10. Does the program provide certification?

SLCP is not a standard and does not provide certification. The Converged Assessment Framework is a descriptive (standard-agnostic) tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data with the intent to objectively assess social and labor conditions. The result is a data set without any scoring/ ranking which is compatible with existing standards.

11. What is the difference between active and passive Accredited Hosts?

Please see the FAQ section on our Helpdesk to read about the difference between active and passive Accredited Hosts: Active & Passive AH