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NGOs & IGOs

The following is a list of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) concerned with working conditions in supply chains. Please use this form to suggest additional organizations to add to this list. 

 

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

The Accord is an independent, legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions to work towards a safe and healthy garment and textile industry in Bangladesh. The Accord covers factories producing Ready-Made Garments (RMG) and at the option of signatory companies, home textiles and fabric & knit accessories.

Amfori

As the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade, Amfori brings together over 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries. Their membership contains organizations of all sizes and all sectors with a combined turnover of more than one trillion euros.

Better Work

As a partnership between the UN’s International Labour Organization and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, Better Work brings diverse groups together – governments, global brands, factory owners, and unions and workers – to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre helps communities and NGOs get companies to address human rights concerns, and provide companies an opportunity to present their response in full. They track the human rights policy and performance of over 9000 companies in over 180 countries, making information publicly available.

Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)

Clean Clothes Campaign is a global network dedicated to improving working conditions and empowering workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. Since 1989, CCC has worked to ensure that the fundamental rights of workers are respected. The organization educates and mobilizes consumers, lobbies companies and governments, and offers direct solidarity support to workers as they fight for their rights and demand better working conditions.

Consumer Goods Forums (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI)

The only organization that brings consumer goods retailers and manufacturers together globally, the Consumer Goods Forums (CGF) Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) are a CEO-led organization that helps the world’s retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to collaborate, alongside other key stakeholders, to secure consumer trust and drive positive change, including greater efficiency.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

Since 1999, FLA has helped improve the lives of millions of workers around the world. As a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations, FLA creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through independent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency from companies, manufacturers, factories and others involved in global supply chains.

Fair Wear Foundation

Fair Wear Foundation focuses on garment production, specifically sewing, cutting and trimming processes–the most labour intensive parts of the supply chain. They work with 140+ member brands who are committed to finding a fairer way to make clothes, and they engage directly with factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments to find answers to problems others think are unsolvable. Together they investigate new solutions across the supply chain to make fashion fair for everyone.

Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS)

CS is an international sectoral initiative with the aim to enhance working conditions along global supply chains of its member retailers and brands. ICS is composed of 48 multinational retailers and brands in the sectors of textile, retail, footwear, electronics and furniture. ICS members collaborate with common tools, to mutualize audits, contributing to the reduction of the ‘audit fatigue’ and share knowledge and best practices.

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO 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.

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advances dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. Their core work is three-fold: 1. Hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains. 2. Advance policies and laws that protect workers. 3. Strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. The ILRF works with trade unions, faith-based organizations, and community groups to support workers and their families. 

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the global voice of the world’s working people. The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.  Its main areas of activity include the following: trade union and human rights; economy, society and the workplace; equality and non-discrimination; and international solidarity.

Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK)

Established in 1991, Nari Uddug Kendra (NUK) is a national non-government women's organization, mandated to promote gender equality, human rights and fostering personal and political empowerment of women and girls in Bangladesh. It provides capacity building support, networking and human rights advocacy to women and her relevant organizations.

Social Accountability International (SAI)

Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-governmental organization advancing human rights at work. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere—sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. SAI empowers workers and managers at all levels of businesses and supply chains, using its multi-industry SA8000® Standard, as well as Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared, and other training and capacity-building programs. SAI is a leader in policy and implementation, working together with a diverse group of stakeholders, including brands, suppliers, governments, trade unions, non-profits, and academia.

Social and Labor Convergence (SLC)

The SLC has developed a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework. This has resulted in a descriptive (standard-agnostic) tool and verification methodology to collect relevant and essential data with the intent to objectively assess social and labor conditions and replace current proprietary tools. Our aim is for the Converged Assessment Framework to replace current proprietary tools and in turn eliminate audit fatigue by avoiding duplications and reducing the number of social & labor audits. This will allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition develops the Higg Index, a suite of tools that standardizes value chain sustainability measurement for all industry participants. These tools measure environmental and social labor impacts across the value chain. With this data, the industry can identify hotspots, continuously improve sustainability performance, and achieve the environmental and social transparency consumers are demanding.

Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent labor rights monitoring organization. They investigate working conditions in factories around the globe. Their purpose is to document and combat sweatshop conditions; identify and expose the practices of global brands and retailers that perpetuate labor rights abuses; and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products.

 

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