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 have created a Converged Assessment Framework that supports stakeholder’s efforts to improve working conditions in global supply chains. The Converged Assessment allows resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions.

Our SLCP Vision&Mission Check confirmed the need for one Converged Assessment Framework. Check out the report for detailed figures on the potential reduction in audits and resources unlocked for improvement programs and the opportunity for better collaboration.

What is the scope?

The SLCP has taken a step-by-step approach, with a clear scope and ambitious planning. By the end of 2018 the Project delivered:

  • 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

Since early 2019, we are referring to SLCP as the Social & Labor Convergence Program, implying SLCP will move from a stakeholder-driven development project to a fully operational implementation program with critical mass.

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What is our aim?

The SLCP will help the industry to eliminate audit fatigue by replacing current proprietary assessment tools, increase the opportunity for greater comparability of social & labor data and redeploy resources to improvement actions. SLCP enables actors working to improve social and labor conditions. It provides a foundation for other crucial elements like transparency, better buying practices and improvement programs. SLCP will drive collaborative action and stakeholder inclusion. The strategic plan sets out four ambitious goals:

  1. Industry adoption: 25,000 verified assessments per year by 2023
  2. Resources to improve working conditions: annual audit-related resource savings worth up to $134m by 2023, for redirection into improvement actions
  3. 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
  4. Financial resilience: SLCP will be fully self-sustaining through earned income.

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.

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, Aldo, Amer Sports, American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Inc, Arc’teryx, Arena, 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, Esprit, Fanatics, Fast Retailing/Uniqlo, Gap Inc., G-Star, H&M, HEMA, Hudson’s Bay Company, IC Group, INDIGENOUS, Inditex, KappAhl, Kathmandu, Kering, L Brands, Konmar Brand, Levi Strauss & Co., Liberty and Justice, Lojas Renner, LL Bean Inc., Loomstate, lululemon, Macy’s, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Miss Green, Mud Jeans, M&S, New Balance, 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, VF Corporation, Vetta Brands, Williams Sonoma, Inc., zLabels, Zephyr Graf-X

Artistic Milliners, Arvind Mills, Avery Dennison Corp, Ciel Textile, Chenfeng Group Co., Classic Fashion, Comfit Composite Limited, Crystal Group, DBL Group, Delta Galil, Esquel Group, Hanbo Enterprises Holdings Limited, Hansae, Co. Ltd. Hirdaramani Ent., ISKO, L&E Int. Ltd., MAS Holdings, Milteks Group, Nester Hosiery, Nien Tsing Textiles, Pratibha Syntex Limited, Ramatex Group, Shahi Exports, SaiTex, Sing Lun Global, SixSigma Apparel Network, SLN Tekstil, Soorty Enterprises, Sun Queen Garments, TAL Apparel Group, Thread International, W. L. Gore & Associates, VogueTex, World Knits Limited, Yesim, Yousstex, Youngone, Yunus Textile Mills

ALGI, AndWider, ANM Transformational Solutions, API/SgT, Asia Inspection, Asya CC&C, Assent Compliance, Bureau Veritas, BSI group, Control Union Certifications, CTC Groups, DNVGL, EcoVadis, Elevate, FutureMade, iMentor, Impactt Limited, Intertek KSA Leverage Limited, Koopman Works, MicroBenefits, NEWAsia Solutions Limited, Omega Compliance, Openview Services Lmtd., Partner Africa, Quizrr, SCS Global Services, SCSA, SewEasy, SMT Global, SGS, SIM Supply Chain Information Management, The Sentio Advisory Group, Taos Network, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD, Stantec, Sumerra, Sundar, UL Responsible Sourcing, Ulula, Workplace Options

Abvtex, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Danish Fashion Institute, Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile, Enviu, Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH), Good World Solutions, Fair Factories Clearinghouse, Fairtrade Foundation, Fair Trade USA, Fair Working Conditions, Freedom Fund, IDH, Leather Working Group, New Earth, NBIM, Responsible Sourcing Network, Sedex, Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Solidaridad, The Mekong Club, Verité, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Textile Exchange

DenmarkMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Government

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

ILO, OECD, Better Cash Alliance (All as Observers)

AAFA, EURATEX, European Outdoor Group (EOG), Istanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (İHKİB), International Apparel Federation (IAF), ITMF, JAAF, MVO Netherlands, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), Proudly Made in Africa, Turkish Textile Employers Association

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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