Companies learn more about labour condition risks in Turkey and responsible sourcing

14 March 2019
Companies learn more about labour condition risks in Turkey and responsible sourcing

© Dirk Hol

Today the Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile in cooperation with Fair Wear Foundation hosts a learning seminar: ‘Sourcing responsibly in Turkey. How to do due diligence?’ for garment brands sourcing from Turkey. More than 70 participants from brands learn about specific risks in the garment industry in Turkey. During this seminar, brands learn from experts and experienced brands on how to do their due diligence in this country.

Doing business in Turkey

The purpose of this seminar is to help companies gain more insight in risks in Turkey and to include this insight in their own purchasing practices and sourcing dialogue. Issues that are addressed are for example risks concerning freedom of association, Syrian refugees, wages, and subcontracting. Turkey is an important sourcing country for Dutch garments and textile companies. 61% of all signatories to the Dutch agreement source from Turkey (source) in 561 production locations. Turkey has after China the second largest number of production sites in a specific country on the production location list of all agreement signatories together.

Learn from experts

This seminar is organised in cooperation with Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). Their Country representative for Turkey contributes to the program, as well as experts from Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), Fair Labor Association (FLA) and brands. Round table sessions and workshops on due diligence risks help companies to implement the knowledge into practice. Best practices on living wages are shared by Mini Rodini & their supplier and a ‘brand panel’ consisting of Esprit, Adidas and C&A contribute to the seminar.

An important part of the program focusses on the brands’ own responsibility through sustainable purchasing practices & sourcing dialogue. The agreement signatory brands are mandatory to do their due diligence, and are expected to turn their new insights on Turkey into concrete goals and actions for improvement in their Action Plan.

A lot of companies participated

More than seventy company representatives participated to the seminar. Among the brands are signatories of the AGT, the German Textile Partnership as well as FWF, ETI, FLA and amfori member brands. This shows a great awareness and intent to doing due diligence in Turkey.

Involved in the IRBC agreement

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