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Industry Associations and Initiatives

Another way to identify and engage stakeholders and partners is through industry associations and industry-specific initiatives.  Two such examples are below.

Example In Action

Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP)

The GSCP is a coalition of businesses across multiple industries, including food, clothing, electronics, furniture and other manufacturers and retailers, aimed at continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains.  The group has developed the GSCP Equivalence Process, a set of reference tools against which companies can compare or review their own social and environmental compliance system tools.  These reference tools include a code, an audit process and methodology, guidelines for auditor competence, and tools on company management systems for social and environmental compliance.  They incorporate relevant international standards and are publicly available.  The ultimate aim of this initiative is to drive convergence and ultimately enable companies around the world, in any industry, to recognize one another’s systems using the GSCP reference tools as a benchmark.  This in turn is intended to promote convergence of approaches and reduction of duplication in auditing, and to set the stage for future collaboration on capacity building.

For more information, see the GSCP Website.

Example In Action

Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC)

The FFC is a non-profit organization that provides members access to databases where they can share social compliance information with peer companies, including audit results.  According to the FFC, “data collected by any participant in the global marketplace is shared for accessibility and transparency among all the participants, in accordance with antitrust, creating a global clearinghouse of factory information.  The clearinghouse improves the availability, comprehensiveness, and standardization of information regarding factory workplace conditions. We use the information to advance knowledge about workplace conditions and the steps companies are taking to address them.”

Source: FFC.