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In a step toward increased alignment and collaboration, Fair Wear Foundation and the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) have confirmed their shared vision and developed a list of joint activities in pursuit of improved working conditions in supply chains. Fair Wear became a signatory to SLCP in 2021 to show its support for enhanced cooperation between brands and reducing the burden on manufacturers in the gathering and verification of social and labour data to support human rights due diligence. This latest development is the result of further constructive dialogue and a desire to leverage the synergies between the two organisations.
As part of their joint vision, SLCP and Fair Wear are aligned on the importance of the following topics:
The long-term goal of Fair Wear and SLCP’s collaboration is for SLCP’s verified data to be used as a source for Fair Wear’s strategy and instruments (e.g. risk assessments and remediation activities). In addition, brands (both Fair Wear members and beyond) should be able to use SLCP’s high quality verified data as part of their human rights due diligence approach. To work towards this long-term goal, SLCP and Fair Wear have defined short and mid-term objectives.
Janet Mensink, Executive Director, SLCP, said: “We are excited to be taking the collaboration between SLCP and Fair Wear Foundation to the next level. Our organizations have a shared vision and complementary expertise in improving labour conditions: Fair Wear Foundation on brand performance, risk assessments and remediation; and SLCP on the Converged Assessment Framework and the provision of high-quality social and labour data. Together, we can drive the systemic change necessary to improve working conditions in global supply chains.”
Margreet Vrieling, Associate Director, Fair Wear: “Fair Wear is very much looking forward to this next phase of our collaboration with SLCP. Both organisations strive to improve working conditions in global supply chains. These next steps in this collaboration open the door for brands to use data from SLCP in their risk- assessments and remediation plans. A wide array of quality information is a cornerstone of good due diligence processes, crucial in achieving systemic change and impact for workers .”