The Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) seeks to develop a simple, unified and effective industrywide assessment framework. This will result in a descriptive tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data with the intent to measure social and labor conditions and replace current proprietary tools. To promote adoption and create scale, the tool and verification methodology will be open source and publicly available. TÜV SÜD is participating the workgroups and adding their expertise about auditing data’s regarding different industry topics.
The aim of the project is to collect data about workplace conditions. This will improve the process for measuring continuous improvement and increases the opportunity for getting more transparency. Actually the implementation of the process of generating data started based on self-assessment regarding specific brand requirements, legal requirements and different standard requirements. It shall be followed by a verification process done by either approved third party firm or second party auditor. After that, starting in 2018, there should be worked out a framework based on the data to reduce preparatory work for compliance audits also to reduce the multiple audits by varies brand & certification body and therefore reduce audit cost. One single assessment tool for all will release more resources for improving labor conditions.
More than 130 signatories have signed so far. Among them nearly 30 manufacturers, more than 50 brands and retailers like adidas, Gap Inc., Nike Inc., Patagonia Inc. H&M, Levi Strauss & Co. Furthermore National governments, Standard holders and Service providers like TÜV SÜD.
Interested readers can find further information at http://slconvergence.org/.
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