Linking garments with responsible sources
Global garment and footwear related trade employs over 75 million people, three quarters of whom are female. The trends of the garment industry are moving towards fast fashion, which puts enormous pressure on garment workers in the producing countries. Due to the global segmentation the garment supply chain is among those with the highest risk of adverse impacts on human rights, health & safety and environment.
Dramatic events like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh – several garment factories, collapsed causing the death of over 1100 people and left some 2500 people injured – and Baldia in Pakistan – 289 people killed and more than 600 seriously injured – have been increasing awareness and have put the spotlight on the conditions under which clothes, footwear and other products are manufectured in developing countries.
The young generations, Millennials and Gen Z, are more and more sensitive to know where a garment was produced and under what social, safety and environmental conditions as drivers to take purchasing decisions. The label is the preferred communication support to get information at the time of purchasing.
International organizations (ILO, OECD, ISO) launched several initiatives. The European Union Commission, upon request of the European Parliament is preparing a Directive aiming to introduce a mandatory social audits based on the ILO recommendation, OECD Guideline and ISO standards focused on responsible supply chain conducted by third party organizations.
Get It Fair is a third party recognition, referred to international guidelines and standards, providing buyers and consumers with a link between each product to its respective producers.
The main features of Get It Fair scheme are:
- Voluntary: to create a stimulus to voluntary application
- Factory focused: to create link between the production unit and the certificate
- Reference to international standards: OCED Guidelines and ISO 26000
- Holistic view: to take into account all the Social Responsibility aspects
- Risk oriented: to evaluate the exposure of a factory to adverse impacts
- Scoring metric: to facilitate improvement and benchmarking
- Transparency: to provide all the interested parties with transparent information
- Impartiality: to allow the application to each organization
- Confidentiality: to ensure that all information, identified as confidential are kept so
- Surveillance: to monitor the effective implementation at least twice a year