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Corporate Social Responsibility

More and more the apparel industry is under a microscope in terms of its corporate social responsibility policies.  The Canadian Apparel Federation has established a Code of Conduct

"Members of the Canadian Apparel Federation are committed to the fair and rational practice of business in Canada and abroad. Basic to this commitment is the fair and equitable treatment of employees in the wages, working conditions, and benefits. In no case do we support the use of child labour, prison labour, discrimination based on age, race, national origin, gender or religion, the violation of legal or moral rights of employees, or destruction or harm to the environment."

The Canadian Apparel Federation recognizes that our members must meet the demands of numerous customers, and for this reason we attempt to identify CSR resources that can help them develop and implement effective CSR policies.  We endorse no single CSR regime, nor do we endorse any service provider identified below.

CSR Resources

Worldwide Responsible Apparel ProductionWorldwide Responsible Apparel Production Principles are core standards for production facilities participating in the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production, Certification Program. The Program’s objective is to independently monitor and certify compliance with these socially responsible global standards for manufacturing and ensure that sewn products are produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. Participating companies voluntarily agree that their production and that of their contractors will be certified by the WRAP CERTIFICATION PROGAM as complying with these standards.
Fair Labour AssociationThe Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a non-profit organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labor standards and improve working conditions worldwide.  View their 2004 Annual Report at http://www.fairlabor.org/2004report/.
Fair Factory ClearinghouseInfo available soon
SA 8000SA8000 is published by Social Accountability International (SAI). Social Accountability International (SAI) works to improve workplaces and combat sweatshops through the expansion and further development of the international workplace standard, SA8000, and the associated S8000 verification system. SAI brings together key sectors - business, trade unions, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - to create social accountability systems.
CRARTCanadian retailers and consumers are committed to furthering responsible trade and ending unacceptable conditions for workers around the world.  Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has created Canadian Retailers Advancing Responsible Trade, an advisory council that provides insight and perspective on matters related to responsible trade.

Retail Council of Canada, working with its member-organizations, has developed its Responsible Trading Guidelines ("RTG"), which it is now sharing with all Canadian retailers. These comprehensive guidelines represent our commitment to selling products that are made under humane working conditions.
Maquila Solidarity Network     Leading social activist group in Canada on issues surrounding labour conditions in apparel firms.
VeriteVerité is an independent, non-profit social auditing and research organization established in 1995. Our mission is to ensure that people worldwide work under safe, fair and legal working conditions. Where Verité auditors identify exploitation of workers or health and safety violations in the workplace, we develop concrete steps to correct them through a combination of trainings for management and workers, education programs and remediation programs.

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