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  • Standards are set on independent basis.
  • Multi-level verification in fifteen production countries.
  • If life was simple your supply chain would look like this….
  • But reality is that supply chains are much more complex. Especially when you consider that most brands use a variety of raw materials and many suppliers. As you all know, many actors are involved. Because of this complexity FWF has developed the Fair Wear formula which sets us apart.
  • The Fair Wear formula was devised to address this complex reality. Each component of the formula represents a key aspect of FWF’s system. Taken together, these promise sustainable changes for garment and textile workers.
  • And this is what we are good at!
  • Next ingredient is our multi-stakeholder structure. It ensures our independency and credibility. The voice of all stakeholders we need on all levels of action and decision-making. Provide explanation on the organisations in the board/ including CCC what is and what is not discussed. Terms of engagement. The individual companies and the content of their workplans, supplier registers etc is not discussed -> for staff only.
  • A process approach: we meet companies where they are and reward change.There are no ‘perfect’ factories (yet!).
  • Audit process: geared towards collaboration, rather than policing.
  • Transparency for accountability
  • Partos oktober 2010 fair wair foundation

    1. 1. Partos Plaza Oktober 2010
    2. 2. Introduction FWF <ul><li>FWF is an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers’ lives all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through working with member companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By stimulating social dialogue in production countries </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. FWF background
    4. 4. FWF history <ul><li>10 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Started as joint project of business, labour & NGO’s </li></ul><ul><li>Best practice multi-stakeholder initiative: collaborative approach instead of punitive. It ensures independence and provides credibility to the claims member companies make (as opposed to business initiatives or self regulations). </li></ul><ul><li>Members provide input for methodologies and policy papers </li></ul><ul><li>Independent in governance & financing </li></ul>
    5. 5. FWF today <ul><li>Over 60 member companies from seven European countries </li></ul><ul><li>About 1200 factories employing 275.000 workers </li></ul><ul><li>Member products sold in 50+ countries worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Strong methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing transparancy </li></ul><ul><li>Improving marketing and communication </li></ul>
    6. 6. Active in 15 production countries <ul><li>Priority countries; China, India, Turkey & Bangladesh </li></ul>
    7. 7. Traditional supply chain view
    8. 8. Reality of supply chains
    9. 9. The Fair Wear formula
    10. 10. <ul><li>Focus on phases of production </li></ul><ul><li>where SEWING is the main </li></ul><ul><li>manufacturing process </li></ul><ul><li>This among the most labour </li></ul><ul><li>intensive phases of the chain </li></ul>
    11. 12. <ul><li>Multi-stakeholder DNA </li></ul><ul><li>Active involvement of business associations, labour unions, and NGOs as equal partners (in board, CoE and production countries) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides legitimacy, objectivity, expertise and sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>In terms of governance and in terms of financing </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>Process Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Meet companies where they are, and develop a plan for improvements </li></ul><ul><li>FWF does not certify products as ‘100% fair’; nearly impossible to certify that (today) </li></ul>
    13. 14. Multi-level verification is FWF’s core activity
    14. 15. Transparency at all levels FWF’s public, 3rd-party findings give your CSR claims legitimacy with consumers, investors and advocacy organisations
    15. 16. <ul><li>Cooperation to improve working conditions in a sustainable way </li></ul><ul><li>is essential: </li></ul><ul><li>Between suppliers, companies, workers and FWF </li></ul><ul><li>Between local business associations, NGOs, trade unions and FWF </li></ul><ul><li>Between FWF and other (social compliance) initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audits and training can be shared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes limited by contractual agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Factory audits from other qualified organisations may be counted toward FWF audit requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint training with Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is in progress </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. What do members do?
    17. 18. How does membership work? <ul><li>Develop a work plan; describing the steps you will take towards implementing the Code of Labour Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Sign the Code of Labour Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a coherent monitoring system </li></ul><ul><li>Work with factory managers to make concrete, ongoing improvements (corrective action plans) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide annual public reports on progress towards goals </li></ul>
    18. 19. Verification by FWF <ul><li>At factory level: FWF will select a number of factories for </li></ul><ul><li>verification audits (10% of production in 3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>At brand level: through an annual Management System Audit FWF will assess the following: </li></ul><ul><li>How well is your monitoring system working? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you and the supplier executing corrective action plans? And what are the results? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your company policies support good working conditions? </li></ul><ul><li>Are labour conditions an integral part of your sourcing strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Are worker complaints being addressed? </li></ul>
    19. 20. Benefits on many levels <ul><li>Workers have decent working conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Responsiveness towards consumer’s concern (license to operate) </li></ul><ul><li>Part of member companies’ risk management </li></ul><ul><li>Access to specialist knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing best practices with other companies </li></ul><ul><li>Because of gaining in-depth knowledge of supply chain/ suppliers -> possibilities for improving production planning, quality, improved relations with suppliers </li></ul>
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