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SAC to help advance garment worker’s condition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-wide group of more than 230 leading apparel, footwear, and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs, and academic institutions working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world.

SAC named SLCP for helping garment worker’s condition
Figure: SAC has been named an accredited host of the SLCP framework helping to develop an industry effort to advance conditions for garment workers.

SAC has been named an accredited host of the Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP) framework helping to develop an industry effort to advance conditions for garment workers.

The SLCP began in Amsterdam in 2016 as a multi-stakeholder effort to collectively improve the working conditions for garment workers in the global apparel and footwear supply chain.

By using Higg FSLM at scale, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can assess their social impacts and strategically direct valuable resources towards efforts that meaningfully improve conditions for garment workers globally.

Amina Razvi, Interim-CEO, SAC

The SAC is among one of three organizations to be in SLCP Accredited Host and it incorporated the converged assessment framework into the Higg Index suite of tools as the foundation of the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM).

“The sheer volume of audits has served to obscure the often unsafe and unhealthy conditions of the millions of garment workers throughout the supply chain,” SAC Interim-CEO Amina Razvi said.

Amina Razvi added, “By using Higg FSLM at scale, brands, retailers, and manufacturers can assess their social impacts and strategically direct valuable resources towards efforts that meaningfully improve conditions for garment workers globally.”

All factories can complete a Higg FSLM self-assessment on the Higg.org platform. Higg FSLM verification is currently only available in China and Sri Lanka, aligning with the SLCP’s efforts to roll out its operation gradually. Verification services will expand to additional countries early this year.

In 2019, the SAC will develop a scored version of the Higg FSLM, in line with the other Higg Index tools. It will offer factories and consumers increased benchmarking and transparency into the value chain.

The Higg Index suite of tools supports improved sustainability performance among brands, retailers, and factories around the world to transform the apparel and footwear industry to one that protects the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.

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