The Joint Initiative is the first effort to bring together key organizations different aspects of code implementation and/or enforcement in a programme of collaborative work. These are: Clean Clothes Campaign, Ethical Trading Initiative, Fair Labour Association, Fair Wear Foundation, Social Accountability International and Workers Rights Consortium (“the organizations”). Each of these organizations is involved in the global effort to improve working conditions in global supply chains. All believe that codes of conduct can only make an effective and credible contribution to this effort, if their implementation involves a broad range of stakeholders, including governments, trade unions, employers’ associations and civil society.
The aims of the Joint Initiative
The aims of the Joint Initiative are:
- to maximise the effectiveness and impact of multistakeholder approaches to the implementation and enforcement of codes of conduct, by ensuring that resources are directed as efficiently as possible to improving the lives of workers and their families;
- to explore possibilities for closer co-operation between the organizations;
- to share learning on the manner in which voluntary codes of labour practice contribute to better workplace conditions in global supply chains.
Seven multinational buyers joined the initiative, each belonging to one or more of the MSI’s with member companies, for the purpose of conducting the trial project in Turkey. These are Adidas, Gap Inc., Hess Natur, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Patagonia and Puma. A limited number of facilities in Turkey, which supply these multinational brands, have participated in the trial project as well as trade unions, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), industry and employers associations and other interested parties-national and international.
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