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.

This Program will help the industry to:

  • Eliminate audit fatigue: avoid duplication and reduce the number of social & labor audits, by replacing current proprietary assessment tools;
  • Increase the opportunity for greater comparability of social & labor data;
  • Redeploy resources to improvement actions.

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?

SLCP’s Converged Assessment Framework will collect compliance and performance information from production facilities, employ a robust verification process and facilitate the adoption of the framework through data hosting and sharing. This framework will provide a basis for collaborative action by signatories, stakeholders and partners who share the same ultimate goal of improving working conditions worldwide.

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 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.

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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 towards greater impact programs. 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 $134 million by 2023, for redirection into improvement and impact programs
  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

SLCP is part of a complex system and 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 Program is on track with its aggressive timeline and we are optimistic about the direction of the SLCP. Our progress is a clear demonstration of what is possible when all the stakeholders involved share a common vision, without distraction by individual agendas. This Program 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 Program: collaboratively building the tools and verification methodology, as well as the intention to replace proprietary tools with the Converged Assessment Framework. A public statement invited all stakeholders to join. Since then, the number of signatories increased from 33 to over 180, and we expect (and want) more partners to join the Program.

adidas Group, Aldo, Amer Sports, 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, Matrix Sourcing/Triple Tree Solutions, 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, QIMA Limited, Asya CC&C, Assent Compliance, Bureau Veritas, BSI group, Control Union Certifications, CTC Groups, DNVGL, EasyDone Social Compliance Consulting Institute, EcoVadis, Elevate, Flex, FutureMade, iMentor, Impactt Limited, International Associates Limited, Intertek KSA Leverage Limited, International Associates 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, Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textile, Enviu, Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH), Global Fashion Agenda, 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

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. To find out more about joining the SLCP, take a look at the Signatory Charter.

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