An international quality certification program, the Social and Labor Convergence Program (SLCP), has been launched in Tirupur. There are many certifications and audits in the market. Each buyer has their own certification, which is really a problem for exporters as they have to spend a lot of money and time on them. SLCP will address alternate measures for all these issues. SLCP will eliminate multiple social audits. It eliminates the need to go to each buyer with various certifications. International buyers will have the information to compare facilities and decide with whom they would like to work with.
SLCP uses a multi-stakeholder and inclusive organization and approach. Signatories include manufacturers, retailers and brands, agents and audit firms, service providers, as well as organizations in the public sector, standard holders, civil society organizations and multi-stakeholder organizations with an interest in converging assessments and improving labor and social conditions. SLCP will be accountable to signatories through an annual meeting. The International Trade Centre is also a part of SLCP.
This program will help the industry to eliminate audit fatigue, avoid duplication and reduce the number of social and labor audits by replacing current proprietary assessment tools, increase the opportunity for greater comparability of social and labor data and redeploy resources to improvement actions.