Sri Lanka was last month chosen for the global launch of the Social and Labour Convergence Project (SLCP), the country’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), the first industry body to be a signatory of the project launched in 2016, announced. SLCP aims to develop a unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework within the apparel and footwear industry.
The framework would reduce the audit fatigue of handling multiple audits and unlock resources like time, energy and money that can be utilised for improving working conditions.
The project can change the way how manufacturers within the global apparel and footwear industry are evaluated by their customers, according to an SLCP press release.
SLCP wants to achieve a participatory approach from all stakeholders moving away from traditional auditing.
The training from 9 to 12 October in Colombo was conducted by JAAF, SLCP and the International Trade Centre (ITC), a United Nations agency, with support from MAS Holdings and the Hirdaramani Group.
Backed by 23 brands, 37 factories and 17 verifiers from Sri Lanka will be involved in the SLCP operation for 2018. The second country in the 2018 Light Operation is China. The SLCP will go to scale from 2019 onwards, when the program will be rolled out to other countries as well.
Over the last 30 months the project has gathered momentum with 180+ signatories currently committed to meeting the objectives of the project and having signed off on the Converged Assessment Framework they created together.
This multi-stakeholder initiative includes 64 brands such as Nike, H&M, Gap Inc. and PVH, 38 manufacturers, audit agencies, consultancies, civil society, industry associations as well as governments. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have joined the initiatives as observers.