GROUPS FOCUSED ON SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS THAT ARE MOST REFERENCED BY FAIRWARE SUPPLIERS : ILO International Labor Standards : Code of Conducts, regardless of the Association that has developed them, are generally based on the ILO International Labor Standards. Fair Labor Association (FLA) : The FLA is a collaboration of companies, universities, and other groups that help ensure safe working conditions. Fairware is a Category C Licensee of the FLA. Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) : WRAP is a Virginia-based nonprofit. They are focused on providing guidance to clothing and footwear manufacturers worldwide regarding the ethical employee practices based on the International Labour Organization’s decisions. WRAP published 12 Principles. Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI): The initiative is a supply chain management framework to help companies implement socially responsible policy in factories and farms by offering a single, ready-made code of conduct and implementation system for use by brands. BSCI provides neither auditing nor certification. Social Accountability International (SAI) : Founded by American investment banker Alice Tepper Marlin to support equitable treatment of workers, SAI developed the SA8000 audit format.
Sedex : A non-profit group of suppliers with the world’s largest platform for sharing data on ethical sourcing, the tracking of human rights, sustainable sourcing, and other social responsibility concerns, they publish the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, one of the most commonly used CSR audit formats in the world. Benefit Corporations (B Corps): Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Fairware is a Founding Canadian B Corp and we actively seek out B Corps as supplier partners. Fair Trade Certified: The Fair Trade Certified™ seal represents thousands of products, improving millions of lives, protecting land and waterways in 45 countries and counting. Products with the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, you can be sure it was made according to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. There are not many ‘Fair Trade Certified’ products in the promotional product space. The certification started in the agricultural sector and is making it’s way into the apparel sector.
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