Sedex strategically partners with a number of sustainability stakeholders around the world.
Our collaborations enable us to share insights with like-minded organisations to drive collaboration, increase transparency, reduce duplication and build the capacity that’s needed to raise standards across all tiers of the supply chain.
APSCA (the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors) was created to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of individual auditors and organisations performing independent social compliance audits. It also promotes the use of independent social compliance audits as a tool to advance workplace conditions for workers globally.
Sedex sits on the Stakeholder Board of APSCA. The Stakeholder Board: develops recommendations which support the mission and objectives of the organisation; represents interests of all stakeholders; and nominates board representatives.
Authenticate IS is a market leader in the food supply chain tech sector. At its core, it maps food product supply chains from farm to fork for many of the world’s leading food suppliers. Once mapped, it uses its unique technology to provide all assurance schemes, certification, product attributes, audits, assessments, CSR policies for all suppliers in the chain, giving our clients real business intelligence about their clients and products.
Sedex and Bluenumber are collaborating to improve visibility and create impact within global supply chains. The aim of the partnership is to use open data and mobile technology to develop an approach to supply chain transparency, which helps companies and people declare their sustainability performance.
The blue number acts as a unique identifier for use by anyone involved in the supply chain: from farmers, producers, distributors and vendors to consumers. When blue numbers are allocated to various parts of the supply chain (such as small farmers or garment workers) they can be recognised immediately as actual individuals making a necessary contribution to that supply chain.
For Sedex members, the use of blue number unique identifiers – used at a geo-located site and person level – can be used in Sedex services to help members with supply chain visibility and performance reporting.
Sedex has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BSCI to co-develop projects and programmes that enhance the sustainability efforts of both our memberships. Within the overall aims of reducing duplication of effort, driving scale and setting the grounds for an active collaboration, the MoU outlines a number of focus areas:
- Human trafficking: BSCI and Sedex will collaborate to align global brands and retailers on best approaches to tackling the issue of human trafficking.
- Shared capacity building: BSCI will explore opportunities to include Sedex members in BSCI capacity building activities.
- Continuous improvement of labour relations: BSCI and Sedex will work together on a common approach to implementing a process of continuous improvement of labour relations at the workplace.
- Audit quality metrics: Working in alignment with the Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA), BSCI and Sedex will develop and launch shared auditor metrics for the management of audit quality. This common approach will help drive a common view of audit quality for suppliers, brands and retailers across the globe.
- Data collaboration: BSCI and Sedex will explore opportunities to collaborate on the outputs of data from both systems that would better support their member organisations track, manage and predict social and environmental issues in the global supply chain.
- Working group collaboration: Members of the leadership teams of BSCI and Sedex will be given a role on each other’s working groups to explore further opportunities to collaborate.
About BSCI: The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a business-driven initiative that supports over 1,800 retailers, importers and brand companies to improve working conditions in factories and farms worldwide. BSCI offers companies, from multinationals to SMEs, one common Code of Conduct and a holistic system towards social compliance in the supply chain applicable to all sectors and sourcing countries. BSCI is an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), a leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains.
Our work with CDP aims to help Sedex members better understand how to protect their organisations from the impacts of climate change, become more energy efficient and reduce environmental risk in their supply chains. Through the partnership Sedex members have access to CDP data on carbon emissions. Sedex in turn promotes the CDP model by giving our members the ability to report on direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Sedex members only need to answer environmental assessment questions and report on carbon emissions data once and it is shared both on the CDP and Sedex platforms.
About CDP: CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is an international, not-for-profit organisation providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of US$93 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Follow @CDP to find out more.
Sedex has signed a memorandum of understanding with Clearview, to collaborate and strengthen the labour standards of labour recruiters and tackle the risks related to responsible sourcing. Clearview is a global certification scheme for labour providers and labour recruiters. We share a vision for improving labour standards across supply chains, and increasing the level of visibility within labour providers.
The partnership will enable members using the Sedex platform, to track the status of labour providers in their supply chains and give them greater assurance around the standards that are being operated, increasing labour transparency. Additionally, we will seek to build data sets that are interpretable and add value through, for example, risk analysis and predictive risk modelling.
In the coming months, Sedex and Clearview will be developing a 12-month strategy to develop key deliverables for the partnership.
CRT Japan is our Sedex Global Representative in Japan. The partnership, finalised in 2015, was the result of several years of collaboration between Sedex and CRT Japan to raise awareness of responsible sourcing issues in Asia and help companies gain greater transparency within their supply chains. CRT Japan provides account management services and training to Sedex members as well as conducting new-business activities and hosting events in the region.
About CRT Japan: The Caux Round Table (CRT) is an international network of experienced business leaders, who work with business and political leaders to design the intellectual strategies, management tools and practices to strengthen private enterprise and public governance to improve our global community. In Japan, Caux Round Table Japan helps companies integrate CSR into their corporate strategy and management system. Since 2012, CRT Japan coordinates a multi-stakeholder platform to discuss adverse human rights impacts which business may be involved with through their activities and in their supply chain, and provides the tools to manage and monitor them through the global network.
KPMG is our Sedex Global Representative in Australia. KPMG Banarra provides training to Sedex members as well as conducting new-business activities and hosting events in the region.
About KPMG Banarra: KPMG works with clients to help identify and understand the human rights and social impacts affecting businesses. We work with organisations to understand these complex issues, risks and opportunities and to develop and implement practical responses to embed within existing processes and systems.
Our work with SAI Platform involves:
- Offering the SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) questionnaire as an additional module in the Sedex Self-Assessment Questionnaire, which Sedex members use to share their initial supply chain data. This will help members of both Sedex and SAI Platform reduce duplication – as they will only report data in one place – and aid their management of sustainable agriculture.
- Collaboration on new assessment tools, reports and learning resources for the benefit of Sedex and SAI Platform members.
- Promotion of existing Sedex and SAI Platform tools and resources to respective members, companies and other stakeholders.
- Possibility for Sedex to contribute into the development of the open source, freely available online IT system for collecting FSA data, which SAI Platform has developed with ITC.
About SAI: The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the global industry initiative helping food and drink companies to source sustainably grown agricultural raw materials and achieve sustainable production.
After many years of working closely together, Sedex has formed a formal partnership with Stronger Together. Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery– particularly hidden forced labour, trafficking and exploitation. Many of our members already work closely with this well-known organisation and our focus through this partnership will be to promote and launch shared initiatives across the globe and in to new sectors. Drawing on the expertise of both organisations is essential to drive modern slavery out of the value chain. More updates about this partnership will be available later this year.
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Sedex is a signatory of the UNGC and a non-business member of the UK local network (GCLN-UK). Sedex is an active member of the UNGC Supply Chain Sustainability Advisory Group and Anti-Corruption working group and actively consults and feeds into the outputs of these groups and others.
Download the Sedex UNGC Communication on Engagement 2014-16.
About the UN Global Compact: The UN Global Compact works toward the vision of a sustainable and inclusive global economy which delivers lasting benefits to people, communities, and markets.
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