The SAC collaborates with the Industry We Want in Launching Drivers for change: New dashboard measures garment and footwear industry’s progress on the wage gap, purchasing practices and GHG emissions

The Industry We Want dashboard showing three impact metrics - wages, purchasing practices and GHG emissions
February 10, 2022

The Industry We Want is a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to driving industry-wide progress on key issues in the garment and footwear sector.

San Francisco, CA & Amsterdam, Netherlands – February 10, 2022 –  Synthesising extensive wage data on 13 major garment producing countries, feedback from more than 500 suppliers across 46 countries, and new estimates of apparel sector emissions, The Industry We Want (TIWW) is set to reveal its first ever Industry Dashboard.

New Industry Dashboard

The dashboard features TIWW’s first iteration of  industry-wide scores on three critical issues in the sector:  the living wage gap, purchasing practices and GHG emissions. The Industry Dashboard will be launched alongside this year’s  OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector. Each year, the Forum brings together representatives from government, business, trade unions and civil society to address emerging risks and share learnings on implementing due diligence in the sector.

Increased alignment and closer collaboration within the garment and footwear industry have been identified as key components needed to improve working conditions for people and to reduce harmful impacts on the planet. TIWW now invites interested stakeholders to their side session  ‘Launching Drivers for Change‘ at the upcoming Forum. On Monday 21 February 2022 at 13:00 – 14:00 CET. The convenors of the initiative, Fair Wear and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), in collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, will share the first iteration of TIWW Industry Dashboard.

The Industry Dashboard has been created in collaboration with WageIndicator Foundation, the Better Buying Institute (BBI) and the Apparel Impact Institute as a step towards annual impact metrics across TIWW’s focus areas. It aims to drive industry progress year on year and strengthen sector-wide perspectives.

TIWW Purchasing Practice Metric

The Industry Dashboard – among other things – provides a platform for an annual metric on purchasing practices, generated via Better Buying’s Partnership Index Survey. .  We are excited that the results from the Partnership Index Survey included supplier feedback on many Fair Wear and ETI brands, and both multi stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) will be revealing how they have scored in relation to the larger TIWW metric on purchasing practices.

An important benefit of the Dashboard is that MSIs and brands – like Fair Wear brand ‘Bamboo’ – can share their score and showcase that good purchasing practices leads to resilient and sustainable supply chains. We expect more leaders to utilise the Dashboard in this way over the course of the initiative. During the session, we will explore how the results can be used to encourage and contribute to greater transparency and faster progress on purchasing practices in the sector.

“Disclosing results is an important step in our drive for more transparency. We accept the results might not be perfect, but it’s a powerful tool to ensure we can achieve our longer-term ambitions around reducing environmental impact and improving the lives of the people involved in making our clothing.” Merryn Chilcott, BAM’s Sustainability and Technical Manager

Interested stakeholders are invited to find out the current state of play in each of the three focus areas, explore data and insights gathered with TIWW partners and collaborate to drive industry-wide progress.

 

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About The Industry We Want

The Industry We Want (TIWW) is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched to drive industry-wide progress across the garment and footwear sector. TIWW collects and disseminates examples of successful and scalable solutions to amplify their reach and effectiveness. They connect knowledgeable, passionate and impact-focused stakeholders to measure progress, enhance collaboration, drive change, inform policy and hold ourselves accountable. They focus on the inclusive processes emphasising the interconnectedness of environmental, social and commercial practices to accelerate transformation.

About Fairwear Foundation

Fair Wear Foundation, an independent multi-stakeholder initiative, wants to see a world where the garment industry supports workers’ rights to safe, dignified and properly paid employment. Working with the industry, trade unions and labour rights organisations, Fair Wear operationalises human rights due diligence, showing with its member brands that change is possible.

About Ethical Trading Initiative 

The Ethical Trading Initiative is a leading alliance of global companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the world. ETI’s vision is a world where human rights at work are enjoyed by all workers, protected by the state, and respected by business.

About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a global multi-stakeholder nonprofit alliance for the consumer goods industry. It’s made up of more than 250 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain. Leveraging the Higg Index suite of tools for the standardized measurement of value chain sustainability, the SAC is working to transform business for exponential impact.

The SAC was incorporated as a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and launched the groundbreaking Higg Index suite of tools in 2011. In May 2019, the SAC spun-off the Higg Index technology platform to Higg, which delivers tools and services that help consumer goods businesses accelerate transformation for a more sustainable future. For more information, visit www.apparelcoalition.org.

 

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Media Contact, Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Beatrice Thumi

SAC, Public Relations Analyst

press@apparelcoalition.org

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