March 3, 2017

ResponsibleSupplyChain
Image: EURATEX

Last week a new web-based CSR risk management platform for small and medium-sized textile companies was launched in Brussels. The initiative was supported by eleven leading textile organisations and NGOs including Textile Exchange, Fair Labour Association, Oeko-Tex and MADE-BY. The European Commission funded tool takes an holistic approach on key CSR topics inspired by ISO 26000, including human rights, labour practices, environmental issues, fair operating practices as well as consumer related topics. It aims to help SMEs to identify and mitigate CSR related risk within their supply chains.

Kicked-off in 2013, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX) developed the Responsible Supply Chain tool and action plan, together with the trade union IndustriALL. Companies firstly need to register at the website to gain access and are then asked some simple questions about their supply chain. The results are then assessed and corrective actions suggested. Possible risks are evaluated through the implementation of algorithms and calculations resulting in a ‘Consequence probability Matrix’, as defined in ISO 31010. MADE-BY provided expert feedback during the development of the risk management tool and is one of the recognised initiatives to contribute to risk mitigation and foster due diligence along the supply chain.

Tags: csr, made-by, responsible supply chain tool, supply chain.