Frequent Asked Questions
Who needs Get It Fair and why?
What are the relevant trends?
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 poses an enormous threat to and puts enormous pressure on garment workers in the producing countries. The garment supply chain, cause of the global segmentation, is among those with the highest risk of adverse impacts on human rights, health and safety, environment and business ethics.
International manufacturing is increasingly organised in Global Value Chains (GVC). This means that when you buy a shirt in Europe, it may have been sewn in Cambodia, using cloth manufactured in China from cotton grown in Uzbekistan and coloured with dyes from India. As a result, individual choices made by consumers in Europe may have consequences that impact on the lives of workers and communities in multiple countries across the world (Source: European Union)
After the dramatic event in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh – several garment factories, collapsed causing the death of over 1100 people and left some 2500 people injured – increasing awareness has put the spotlight on the conditions under which our clothes are produced.
The new consumers demand reliable, transparent and relevant information on the sustainability of production and social responsibility along the whole supply chain. 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 driver to take informed purchasing decisions and the label is the preferred communication support to get information at the time of purchasing.
Public and private actors, notably civil society, and international organizations (ILO, OECD, ISO) also launched several initiatives. The European Union Commission has been required by the European Parliament to prepare a Directive aiming to introduce the obligation for buyers to carry out stringent social audit based on the ILO recommendation, OECD Guideline and ISO standards focused on responsible supply chain conducted by third party organizations.
What is Responsible Sourcing?
Responsible sourcing is the integration of social, ethical and environmental performance factors in the procurement and supply chain management processes.
The overall goal of Responsible Sourcing is to build strong, long-term relationships with suppliers by improving performance in environmental, social and ethical issues.
Benefits: effective supply chain management can foster and build competitive advantage for companies especially in sectors where production is mainly outsourced such as food and clothing.
Who needs Get It Fair?
Get It Fair is a needed by different Stakeholders because it is a powerful solution to provide:
- consumers with transparent, reliable and verified information regarding the factory where clothes are produced to support their informed, responsible and sustainable purchasing choice and to gain confidence of the brand responsible and sustainable practices;
- buyers with a holistic tool to evaluate their suppliers in order to minimize the risk of adverse impacts on sustainable development and responsibility aspects (social, safety, environmental and ethics performance) and to support the disclosure of extra financial information according to existing and emerging rules;
- manufacturers with a reference framework to support the establishment, implementation and improvement of a socially responsible and sustainable strategy aiming at increasing their reputation in the international markets.
How Get It Fair can be used Get It Fair by manufacturers ?
Get It Fair is a powerful marketing tool for garments and footwear manufacturers to improve their reputation and brand image in front of international buyers.
The list of certified companies is publicly available and is internationally promoted.
Get It Fair is promoted throughout a network of partners in Italy and other countries.
A certified company will be published in the GIF WEB site and its brand image will be associated to the logo. This will provide the potential customers with more reliable and transparent information regarding its social responsibility approach.
How Get It Fair can be used by buyers?
Get It Fair can be used to support Responsible Sourcing practices.
The list of certified companies is publicly available. Buyers can use search and select a factory Get It Fair certified.
Buyers can also use the Get It Fair logo in the label and in the product packaging and communication to attest that the product has been manufactured by a factory whose social responsibility has been duly verified and attested by a third party body according to the Get It Fair Framework.
What are the benefits?
What is Get It Fair?
Get It Fair is a third party Responsible Labelling scheme, referred to international guidelines and standards, providing buyers and consumers with a link between each product to its respective producers.
Get If Fair is:
- A Responsible Sourcing tool supporting buyers to minimize the exposure to adverse impacts risks that can compromise the organization (late or missed products’ delivery, brand image spoiling, legal issues, etc.)
- A Marketing Tool to provide customers with reliable and transparent information regarding the organization’s commitment in implementing effective CSR approach along the supply chain.
What is the purpose of Get It Fair?
- The overall purpose of Get If Fair is to provide buyers and other Stakeholders with transparent, reliable and verified information that manufacturers of goods do not expose the purchasing organization to unacceptable risks that may result into adverse impacts. Get It Fair attests that an audit has been conducted on the supplier/manufacturer according to a reference Framework to verify the risks related to the relevant social responsibility aspects (social, health and safety, environment and fair business).
Is Get It Fair certification mandatory by law?
No. Get It Fair is voluntary (as the majority of the certification schemes)
Does Get It Fair ensure compliance with laws and rules?
NO. Notwithstanding the GIF reference model embeds key elements addressed by international rules and practices, the scope of certification does not include a compliance assessment with laws and regulations.
- The Get It Fair Framework, among other criteria, requires organizations to provide Assessors with evidences of an approach implemented to ensure the compliance with laws and other legal requirements.
- Furthermore the Assessors are trained to detect and raise non-conformities and remarks against the applicable law noted during the Assessment conduction.
- A compliance verification can be conducted on demand as additional audit and this compliance result is not considered in the scoring of the Certification.
Why GIF is important?
- Getting reliable and verified information on the product
- Improving “responsible purchasing” practices
- Providing younger generations with reliable information
- Improving the brand image and the product appeal
- Reducing exposure to adverse risks
- Implementing consistent “Responsible sourcing” strategies
- Improving suppliers’ evaluation & monitoring
- Complying with “due diligence” audits
- Facilitating the compliance with rules on extra financial information
- Facilitating benchmarking strategies among suppliers
- Reducing exposure to risks
- Fostering greater buyers’ trust
- Improving competitiveness and export
- Improving brand image and reputation
- Reducing costs and resource efficiency
- Strengthening relationships with society
- Enhancing employee satisfaction
What is the Get It Fair Framework?
What is the Get It Fair Framework?
The «Get It Fair Framework» is a non prescriptive reference model based on:
7 fundamental principles of Social Responsibility according to ISO 26.000 and
5 criteria covering all the Social Responsibility aspects
The GIF Framework covers all the social responsibility aspects:
1 criterion covers the elements of a Social Responsibility Management System according to ISO 26000 Guideline for Social Responsibility
4 criteria covers the risks related to each aspect of social responsibility.
A definition is given for each criterion which clarify the meaning of that criterion. Every criterion is organized in sub-criteria specifying what an organization is supposed to do for being considered socially responsible. Each sub-criterion considers a homogenous set of non mandatory and exhaustive list of elements to provide the reader with examples and to support the evaluation
How Get It Fair Framework can be used?
The Get It Fair Framework is not about five unconnected boxes, is not a slogan, is not about provisions where purpose is unclear, is not about empty scoring exercises.
It is a powerful framework for improvement, change, regular management at all levels and for training.
The Get If Fair Framework is non-prescriptive and can be applied to any organisation, regardless of size, sector or maturity. It takes into account a number of different concepts and provides organisations with:
a common platform and language for social responsibility;
a guideline to establish, implement and improve a risk oriented SR management system;
a self-assessment model to help the identification of strengths points and improvement areas;
an assessment tool for evaluating the risk of adverse impacts caused by suppliers;
a reference document supporting third party assessments and recognitions;
a tool enabling the preparation of extra financial information according to international guidelines
a pattern to bring different initiatives together into a single overall framework
a system to encourage the sharing of internal and external good practice
The Get It Fair Framework can be used in conjunction with other tools, based on the needs and function of the organisation, as an overarching framework for developing social responsibility.
Who has developed and is implementing the GIF Framework?
The “Get It Fair” Framework has been developed by a Multi-stakeholder Committee involving all interested parties along the Italian fashion value chain (Associations, companies, academics, consultants, testing laboratories, NGO, etc.) according to international standards and guidelines.
What are the reference standards?
“Get It Fair Framework” refers to International Standards and guidelines that take into consideration the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and documents.
ILO is a tripartite U.N. agency which brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.
The fundamental reference standards are:
OECD Guidelines Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector establishes a common understanding of due diligence in the sector to help companies meet the due diligence expectations laid out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Guidance is applicable to all companies – large and small – operating in global garment and footwear supply chains
ISO 26000 Social Responsibility is an ISO guidance on how business and organizations can operate in a socially responsible way, which means acting in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society
GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption.
Get It Fair framework also take into consideration requirement addressed by the most important international standard related to management system:
ISO 14001 “Environmental Management System”
ISO 45001 “Occupational Health and Safety Management System”
ISO 31000 “Guideline for Risk Management”
SA 8000 “Social Accountability”
Are there differences among elements within every criterion?
Yes, considering its overall objective the Get If Fair scheme distinguishes:
Core elements: risks or events that can result into severe costs for the factory and may consistently affect the Buyer (loss, delay of supplies, loss of brand image) specifically addressed by the OECD Guideline Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector
Not core elements: risks/events addressed by ISO 26000 or other standard and practices but not specifically addressed by the OECD Guideline and do not directly result into relevant adverse impacts for the Buyer and its Stakeholders.
How to get the certification? (the process)
What are the requirements?
Get it Fair Certification can be achieved by any organisation, regardless of size, sector or maturity.
What is the certification programme?
The certification is achieved by means of a process of assessment, subsequent surveillance and periodic re-assessment.
What is the certification programme?
The initial certification assessment covers all the five criteria of the GIF reference model.
How the score is calculated?
A score is assigned to each “core” and “not core” element of each subcriterion within a range from 1 to 5: 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest score.
The score per criteria is calculated by computing the average of the scores assigned to each sub-criterion.
The overall score is assigned by calculating the average of the “score per criterion”
What are the certifiability criteria?
|Ø Assessment conducted on 5 GIF criteria
Ø The minimum score is an average of at least 3 out of 5 of the “core elements” from all 5 criteria
|The scope of certificate will cover all 5 criteria|
|Ø The minimum score is achieved in at least 3 criteria
Ø The minimum score is an average of at least 3 out of 5 of the “core elements” of a criterion
|The scope of certificate will cover the criteria with the minimum score|
|Ø The average score of 3 is not achieved in the «core elements» of at least 3 criteria||The certificate is not issued|
In the event the organization, during the audit, does not achieve at least an average score in all criteria the scope of the certificate will only cover the criterion or criteria achieving the minimum score.
How the certification is acknolwedged?
Upon satisfactory passing of the certification audit, ICMQ India will issue for each factory a GIF Certificate:
Does the certification program need surveillances?
YES. The certification program has a three (3) year cycle.
In order to provide Buyers with confidence that a Factory maintains and improves the Social Responsibility performances the certification program requires at least 2 surveillance assessments per year according to the following principles:
1 planned surveillance
1 short notice surveillance (informed three (3) working days before the audit)
The certificate is issued on the date of the certification decision.
A new three (3) year certification cycle begins with the completion of the renewal assessment. The recertification decision must take place before the end of the validity of the certificate. This date shall be the issue date of the certificate. The existing certificate is superseded on this date.
How to rely in the certification body?
ICMQ India provides GIF Certification in accordance with the International Standard ISO 17065 which specifies general requirements ensuring that the certification body operating product processes certification schemes in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner.
Time and costs
How the assessment mandays are calculated?
The number of the assessment man-days is calculated in accordance with a table available in the scheme regulation and referring to the IAF (International Accreditation Forum) with specific deviation to meet the specific needs of GIF reference model and evaluation metric. The table depends on the size and complexity of the organization.
A reduction of man-days is possible depending upon different factors
There are also “increase factors” depending on specific aspects such has the need of a translator, the location of the factory in a remote area, etc.
Instead large companies are registering many EPDs for their products, while smaller companies normally publish only one or two EPDs focusing on their key products. EPDIndia encourages the participation of small and micro companies (up to 10 employees).
Is there any advantage if the organization has one or more management systems?
YES. The reduction of assessment man-days for organization having at least 1 management systems certified by an accredited certification body according to international standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 45001, SA 8000.
How is the Fee Structure?
For each factory
|Application Fee||At the time of application and includes:
Ø Provision of detailed certification procedures
Ø Documentation review
|Certification Assessment Fee||For each factory and includes:
Ø Assessment man-days
|Registration Fee||For each Factory and includes:
Ø Publication of the Factory in the list of certified Factories (on line)
Ø Support events
|Surveillance Fee||For each Factory twice in a year:|
|Compliance Audit Fee
|For each factory includes:
Ø Assessment man-days (on the factory size and on the number of the rules applied for)
How much time does it take to achieve the certification?
YES. Depends on the maturity level of the organization in establishing and implementing a social responsibility system taking into account all the aspects (social, safety, environment, ethics) and, above all an effective risk management approach covering all the Social Responsibility aspects.