Social Accountability International (SAI) and Vertru, an emerging technology company, has developed FairCapacity, a digital platform with the goal of improving labour practices and working conditions in the apparel sector, while also providing bottom line business benefits.
Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh and India can access it at no cost, gaining prioritised access to new digital tools and free training.
The virtual launch event for the FairCapacity platform will take place tomorrow (on 10 December 2021). Experts from India, Bangladesh and other countries will address the event.
The FairCapacity platform seeks to address these problems through much-improved production capacity measurement and planning, responsible sub-contracting and better buyer-supplier communication.
It lets buyers know in real-time and with confidence if suppliers have the capacity to complete orders at a high quality and in compliance with labour expectations in the allotted time.
“This is a great opportunity for brands to gain deeper insight into operations within their supply chains,” said Louis Vanegas, Senior Director at SAI. “With the Capacity Calculator in the FairCapacity Platform, suppliers will be able to consider meaningful inputs they may not have had the ability to formally quantify before.”
The project also focuses on improving purchasing practices and encouraging sourcing and production processes that enable social compliance, benefit business and increase consumer confidence, ultimately benefitting the bottom line.
The FairCapacity Platform is part of SAI’s Supplier Capacity Program, which aims to improve transparency and working conditions in the global apparel supply chain.
SAI began the Supplier Capacity Program in Bangladesh in 2019, with the support of the European Commission, and extended the programme into India in 2020, with the support of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, UK Aid, and Norad.