New digital platform to improve labor practices and working conditions in the apparel sector, while also improving business performance.
Submitted by Social Accountability International
SAI is hosting a virtual launch event for FairCapacity, an innovative blockchain-based platform that helps manufacturers to improve production planning and advertise capacity, quality, and labor compliance to brands, on December 10, 2021.
NEW YORK, December 8, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Social Accountability International (SAI), together with technology partner Vertru, has developed FairCapacity, a digital platform with the goal of improving labor practices and working conditions in the apparel sector, while also providing bottom line business benefits. Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh and India can access it at no cost, gaining prioritized access to new digital tools and free training. The virtual launch event for the FairCapacity platform will take place on December 10, 2021, from 5:30-7:30 PM (IST) (7:00-9:00 AM EST), featuring speakers from India’s Apparel Export Promotion Council, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Netee Exports, International Labor Organization (ILO) India, and The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS).
Faced with pressing business demands, manufacturers in apparel supply chains often take on more orders than they can handle, and find themselves at increased risk of excessive overtime, unauthorized subcontracting, forced labor, health and safety issues, employee burnout, absenteeism, and lower productivity. The FairCapacity Platform seeks to address these problems through much improved production capacity measurement and planning, responsible sub-contracting, and better buyer-supplier communication. It lets buyers know in real-time and with confidence if suppliers have the capacity to complete orders at a high quality and in compliance with labor expectations in the allotted time.
The inspiration for FairCapacity comes from innovations like Hotels.com and other platforms that transform how businesses optimize their capacity and attract more customers. Unlike other platforms, FairCapacity will help factories and suppliers meet social compliance requirements, promote responsible subcontracting, and help improve production planning to avoid overextension.
“This is a great opportunity for brands to gain deeper insight into operations within their supply chains,” said Louis Vanegas, Senior Director at SAI. “With the Capacity Calculator in the FairCapacity Platform, suppliers will be able to consider meaningful inputs they may not have had the ability to formally quantify before.”
The project also focuses on improving purchasing practices and encouraging sourcing and production processes that enable social compliance, benefit business, and increase consumer confidence, ultimately benefitting the bottom line.
Even for those that do not have serious concerns about excessive work hours or unauthorized subcontracting in their supply chains, there are still many ways buyers can benefit from this project, including:
“FairCapacity encourages increased transparency, responsible subcontracting and supplier control over their available capacity,” said Stephanie Wilson, Associate Director of Innovation and Partnerships at SAI. “With these mechanisms in place, buyers can demonstrate their due diligence on forced labor and other labor performance risks even at lower tiers of the supply chain.”
For more information on how your suppliers can join this launch, please contact Stephanie Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more details about the launch event taking place on December 10, 2021 on our website.
The FairCapacity Platform is part of SAI’s Supplier Capacity Program, which aims to improve transparency and working conditions in the global apparel supply chain. SAI began the Supplier Capacity Program in Bangladesh in 2019, with the support of the European Commission, and extended the program into India in 2020, with the support of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, UK Aid, and Norad
Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-governmental organization with a mission to advance human rights at work. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere—sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. SAI empowers workers and managers at all levels of businesses and supply chains, using its multi-industry SA8000® Standard, as well as Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared, and other training and capacity-building programs. SAI is a leader in policy and implementation, working together with a diverse group of stakeholders, including brands, suppliers, governments, trade unions, non-profits, and academia.
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