IMPACT & RESULTS
The Ethical Fashion Initiative provides artisans with market access and training, enabling them to be included in the international fashion value chain. In return, major brands gain access to unique craftsmanship and know-how, with the assurance of fair labor and environmentally friendly practices. These are implemented through EFI’s social and environmental compliance, impact assessment and traceability scheme.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative’s Compliance Scheme enables the implementation of EFI’s code of conduct in all EFI partner entities. It is based on the main international regulations and standards promoting human rights, the protection of the environment and transparency in supply chains. The monitoring of compliance with EFI’s code is adapted to the realities of the informal sector, and it takes into account the specificities of the local context and of artisanal workplaces.
EFI works hand in hand with its partners to improve working conditions and raise workers’ living standards. Specific “minimum requirements” for the informal sector have been defined and adapted in consultation with the heads of artisan groups and fair labour experts.
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EFI CODE OF CONDUCT
The EFI code of conduct defines fair labor standards and practices that respect the environment that all productive entities working in collaboration with EFI are expected to comply with and implement. The EFI code of conduct is based on the ten following points:
No forced labor
Right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
No harassment, abuse or discrimination
No underage labor
Reasonable hours of work
Payment of a living wage
Safe and healthy working conditions
Guaranteed women’s rights
Minimized impact on the environment
Respect for community values
A SYSTEM BASED ON FOUR PILLARS
This scheme is based on four pillars, each equipped with specific tools for a long-term implementation with a continuous improvement approach. These pillars are:
1. Compliance with the Code of Conduct, fair labour standards and living wage: this is a key element of the project, as a living wage enables workers to have a decent standard of living.
2. Impact assessment: qualitative and quantitative data are collected to measure the real impact of EFI’s activities in terms of skills acquired, livelihoods developed and increased worker welfare.
3. Respect and protection of the environment: EFI’s tools to assess environmental performance help partner productive entities minimize the impact of their activities on the environment and promote environment friendly practices.
4. Transparency and traceability: despite the challenges posed by a fragmented international supply chain, EFI has developed interactive maps to help display where EFI’s production partners are based and where each step of the production process takes place.
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TRANSPARENCY AND TRACEABILITY
The Ethical Fashion Initiative collaborated with supply chain mapping experts, Sourcemap to develop its own traceability platform.
These traceability maps expand on the Ethical Fashion Initiative’s impact assessment system and aims to map the complexity of supply chains and visually showcase the production process with photos and videos.
With these maps, the Ethical Fashion Initiative hopes to further its efforts in raising awareness and bringing transparency to fashion’s supply chain.