The Facility Social and Labor Module (still in Beta testing phase) is appropriate for any tier of manufacturing. It measures facility-level social impacts and the efficacy of social management programs. This tool assesses:
- Facility workforce standards and those of value chain partners
- External engagement on social-labor issues with other facilities or organizations, Community engagement
In the next year, the Social and Labor Module will be upgraded with a significant new approach born of the Social and Labor Convergence Project. This inclusive and multi-stakeholder project, for which the SAC acts as an independent facilitator, unites SAC members and non-SAC members towards a common goal.This pioneering project seeks to develop a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework that accelerates social progress in the apparel and footwear sector.
The framework uses a descriptive, standard-agnostic, and non-proprietary tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data, and it replaces the proprietary tools that are currently used. A common framework for data collection will reduce duplicated efforts and allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected toward the improvement of social and labor conditions. It will also allow business partners to measure continuous improvement and increase the opportunity for transparency. This will accelerate the social impacts of all stakeholders’ efforts and support sustained improvements of working conditions in the apparel and footwear sector.