To help companies meet the COVID Fashion Commitments and build back better into 2021, we have collated a bank of helpful information and guidance. This page brings together informative/explainer pieces along with guidance documents, rapid assessment tools, events, and opportunities for collaboration.
We invite you to use the resources below when assessing how to best support workers in your supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. None of the resources are intended to provide a prescriptive checklist for companies to follow, but rather should be reviewed and adapted appropriately within your business context.
In the spirit of collaboration, if you come across any resources or events that other companies could benefit from, please share them with us and we will add them to this page.
This page will be updated as required on an ongoing basis.
Disclaimer: This page is intended as a helpful guide and in no way constitutes an endorsement of/ affiliation with any of the listed agencies or their specific guidance. Baptist World Aid Australia has no vested interest in any of the organisations or services referenced. Please note that given the rapidly changing circumstances of the current crisis, information can quickly become outdated. Please check the date of publication on all resources and assess appropriate actions against the current government advice in your own country and your sourcing countries.
Please note that some of the below advice relates to specific third-party auditing/certification regimes. Where companies regularly conduct their social audits via a third party, we encourage you to reach out to them to understand how they are adapting their usual monitoring procedures during this time. Where companies do not use these third parties, we encourage you to assess the documents below to determine how you can adapt your own internal monitoring processes to best maintain visibility of conditions and safeguard workers.
Recorded Tuesday 2nd June, 2020
This first webinar explores Commitments 1 and 2, including a discussion of the immediate impacts of purchasing behaviour in production countries during COVID-19, and tools and strategies companies can use to conduct a thorough risk assessment. Joining us on this panel are: Kim Randle, Executive Director and Lawyer at FairSupply; Matt Friedman, CEO of Mekong Club, and; Fuzz and Carolyn Kitto, National Directors of Be Slavery Free.
Recorded Tuesday 16th June, 2020
This second webinar explores Commitments 3 and 4, including a discussion of practical strategies companies can take to ensure worker voices are heard, and vulnerable workers are protected from exploitation during this period. Joining us on this panel are: Apoorva Kaiwar, Regional Secretary of IndustriALL South Asia; Amirul Haque Amin, President of the National Garment Workers Federation, Bangladesh; Heather Cannon, Vice President, Capacity Building at ELEVATE, and; Gary Shaw, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Kathmandu.
Recorded Tuesday 31st June, 2020
This webinar unpacks Commitment 6, “Build back better for workers and the world”, through the lens of collaboration with industry peers and related organisations. The events of this year have forced companies to pause and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their supply chain models – and more than ever, this is now the time to start future-proofing businesses in a sustainable manner. We discuss strategies that companies may adopt as businesses begin to emerge from the initial COVID period, and how to ensure the dignity of garment workers and environmental protection is at the forefront of business moving forward. Joining us on this panel are: Angela Bell, National Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia; Camille Reed, Director of Australasian Circular Textile Association; Nayeem Emran, Advocacy Lead-Labour Rights at Oxfam Australia; and Leisl Lancaster, Social and Environmental Impact Manager at Outland Denim.
Recorded Tuesday 1st December 2020
This webinar looks back on the findings of the COVID Fashion Report and discusses how companies can continue building these learnings into their ethical sourcing approach for 2021 and beyond. As COVID-19 continues to unravel around the globe, it’s integral that the tenets of the COVID Fashion Commitments are continued and embedded in ethical sourcing strategies moving forward. Joining us on this panel are: Stacey Nicolas, Product Manager at Cue Clothing Co.; Rachel Hunt, Fabric Buying Manager at Cue Clothing Co.; and Linell Lottering, Sustainability & Compliance Manager at Macpac.