What is SLCP?
SLCP (Social & Labor Convergence Programme):
SLCP is an initiative to eliminate audit fatigue in the apparel and footwear industry. The SLCP (Social and Workforce Compliance Programme), which is a non-profit and works with many stakeholders from around the world, provides information open to all members of the industry. SLCP aims to reduce the need for social compliance audits by increasing transparency in the supply chain. Thus, it allows users to use resources more efficiently to improve working conditions.
The clothing and footwear industry is spread over a wide geography around the world. Especially big brands work with suppliers from all over the world and have to verify social compliance in their supply chain in accordance with corporate social responsibility principles. This is achieved through social audits. However, as the industry grew and the number of suppliers increased, the need for these inspections increased and manufacturers had to undergo inspections every year. This situation created a great audit fatigue in the sector over time; started to cause great costs in terms of time and money. There has been a lack of industry-wide collaboration as companies create their own audit protocols and do not share findings. SLCP was also established to develop a systematic solution to this problem.
SLCP offers a variety of tools and systems to measure and evaluate working conditions in global supply chains. Based on data sharing among stakeholders, SLCP replaces repetitive social audit needs and enables businesses to obtain fast and effective results on social compliance performance.
The SLCP brought together various stakeholders to create and implement a common tool to reduce the time and money spent on social auditing. The most important aim of the initiative is to ensure that the resources allocated by companies for social audits are spent on improving working conditions rather than audits.
SLCP has developed a tool for sharing social audit data called the Unified Evaluation Framework (CAF). CAF is a tool developed by SLCP stakeholders and used to measure operating conditions at facilities. Consisting of a data collection tool, validation methodology and guidance documents, CAF provides a high quality and validated data repository with no value judgments or scoring.
Purpose of SLCP
The SLCP aims to eliminate duplicate social audits through the implementation of the Unified Assessment Framework. The program has four specific objectives to achieve by 2023:
Industry adaptation to SLCP: SLCP has a target of 25,000 verified assessments per year by 2023.
Efficient use of resources: There is a potential to save 134 million dollars annually on audits by 2023, and various improvement actions can be developed for this.
Data access and comparability: SLCP aims to be the most important source of reliable, comparable and verified social and workforce data in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
Financial resilience: SLCP aims to use the proceeds to make the program sustainable and increase its effectiveness.
Who Is SLCP For?
SLCP consists of certain member institutions and organizations (signatures). It aims to achieve shared visions of improved working conditions through the implementation of the Unified Evaluation Framework (CAF). SLCP signatories are companies and organizations that make certain commitments to the mission and vision of SLCP and actively contribute to its realization by implementing SLCP in their own organizations.
The signatories have collectively developed and implemented the CAF. They vote on all strategic decisions and contribute directly to the development of the program through different technical advisory committees. Being a signatory stakeholder of SLCP gives businesses the opportunity to contribute to the future of SLCP and collaborate with other stakeholders. These organizations can be informed quickly of all developments related to SLCP.
We can list the statuses of the signatory institutions within the body of SCLP as follows:
Brands / Retailers
Manufacturers / Suppliers
Audit firms / Service providers
There are currently 240 signatory organizations within the SLCP. Most of these are audit firms, manufacturers, brands and retailers.
SLCP Evaluation Process
SCLP´s evaluation process consists of three steps:
1. Self-assessment: A business, facility, or factory right to social and workforce data He also does a self-assessment. For this, it is inside the CAF, which uses the data collection tools included in the SLCP.
2. Verification: The SLCP conducts audits to check their self-assessments and confirm their accuracy. They will be able to train school students for this. In these audits, inconsistencies in the self-assessment results and/or adjustments are tried to be tried.
3. Other data related: SLCP provides through approved platforms.
Each SLCP assessment always passes with a proper assessment. Sent by validators as validators. Verifiers should target the verifier body for a purpose. Verifiers, validators, should be chosen after you and your exam, when appropriate and met for you.
* SEDEX and SLCP have separated by agreement. To give sons to host SLCP with SEDEX Accreditation disclosure. In February 2021, SLCP launched and started the update of CAF v1.4.