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Global responsability and sustainability: Battling audit fatigue across the globe. Matthijs Crietee dep. secretary general IAF Frankfurt am Main, June 11th, 2013. Agenda. Introduction IAF Global Responsibility and standardisation What can companies do now. 2. The Dream of our Founders.

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matthijs crietee dep secretary general iaf frankfurt am main june 11th 2013

Global responsability and sustainability:

Battling audit fatigue across the globe

Matthijs Crietee

dep. secretary general IAF

Frankfurt am Main,

June 11th, 2013

agenda
Agenda
  • Introduction IAF
  • Global Responsibility and standardisation
  • What can companies do now

2

the dream of our founders
The Dream of our Founders
  • founded in 1976 in Williamsburg (USA)
  • a non-political platform for the world apparel industry
  • promote the common business interests and encourage best practice and support for apparel manufacturers worldwide

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IAF wants to maximize the positive effects

its members can obtain from

global cooperation

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iaf membership
IAF Membership
  • National Apparel Associations
    • 43 countries
    • representing > 200.000 companies
    • > 20 million workers
  • Corporate Members
  • Associate Members
  • Educational Institutes

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iaf s membership
IAF’s Membership
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • China incl. Hong Kong
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Europe (27 countries)
  • India
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Vietnam

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key areas
Key areas
  • market information
  • global responsibility
  • innovation and research
  • education
  • standardisation
  • IAF committees

(technical, education, global

responsibility and cultural)

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iaf world fashion convention
IAF World Fashion Convention
  • Since 1984 the World Fashion Convention annually attracts high level executives from companies in the fashion chain.

Next convention:

Shanghai,

Sept 24-25

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Global responsibility or CSR and sustainability is a very serious issue in the clothing and textile chain
  • Labour Intensive
  • Internationalised
  • Water use high
  • Chemical use high
  • Pesticide use high
  • First industrytointernationalise. First toencounterboundaries
current systemic problems
Current systemic problems
  • Audit Fatigue
  • Relatively high costs of control
  • And not sufficient control
key learnings
Key learnings
  • Just auditing is not sufficient
  • It is about continuous improvement, risk assesment, knowledge, research into the supply chain, organising information flows
a balanced and credible approach is needed
A balanced and credible approach is needed
  • The fashion industry must tackle the problem of audit fatigue, but it must also have a credible strategy to make visible and real improvements. Just focussing on reducing audits will send the wrong message.
so what is the iaf s role in global responsibility based on
So, what is the IAF’s role in global responsibility based on?
  • IAF is the only association that is truly global, represents both buyers and sellers and reaches big companies, SMEs and all-in between.
  • The IAF is not a political organisation, but on behalf of the industry it strives for harmonisation of rules and practices
the iaf board of directors is in the proces of accepting an action plan on global responsibility
The IAF Board of Directors is in the proces of accepting an action plan on Global Responsibility
  • Overview of worldwide good practices
  • Global discussion on adopting the Ruggie guiding principles
  • Standardisation
  • Education
  • (Bangladesh)
what can companies do now
What can companies do now?
  • Devise/revise strategy that fits the company
  • Choose
  • Communicate
  • Join a grouping, initiative
  • Get involved in projects/pilots
  • Dig deep into supply chain
  • Work with key suppliers
  • Measure
  • Learn
build your own roadmap

Buildyourownroadmap

Build your own Roadmap
  • 2011 2016

RSL/

REACH

CR Strategy & goals

CSR Marketing

CR Evaluation

Sustainable fabrics

Water & Energy management

Social Compliancy

profit of cr
Profit of CR
  • Survey ING & MODINT 16% > profit of fashion companies in short term
  • Bloomberg : Sustainablefocucussed companies > ROI
  • Sustainability Index: Results! Investments ( Sustainable energy)
  • Stakeholders loyaltyand trust (government, NGO etc)
  • Consumer asksforit, or worse..believesitsalreadytrue
  • Brand Image
  • Competitionamongbrands
  • Last but notleast: human rights & environment
and as a company how can you support standardisation
And as a company, how can you support standardisation?
  • Develop a clear GR strategy based on global standards as much as possible
  • Stay in contact with your industry association when developing a GR strategy
  • Join GAFTI or SAC (working groups)
  • Check iafnet.com frequently
matthijs crietee iaf crietee@iafnet com 31 6 5393 0674

Thank you for your

attention!

Matthijs Crietee

IAF

crietee@iafnet.com

+ 31 6 5393 0674