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Policy paper outlines mechanisms to improve quality & accountability in textile industry auditing processes

Author: Carolijn Terwindt & Miriam Saage-Maass, European Center for Constitutional & Human Rights; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Published on: 11 January 2017

„Liability of Social Auditors in the Textile Industry”, December 2016

…[T]he „mechanisms„ described „to „create „accountability do„ not „have„ any „legal „implications „but„ are„ based...„on „the„ voluntary „commitment of„ brands, „auditors„ and „scheme„ holders „to „improve „social „audits „and „create„ accountability...[T]he question „remains„ how „to„ hold „auditors „to „account that„ conduct „their„ audits „negligently „with „severe „consequences „for „the „lives „of„ workers...The„ recent„ changes„ in „the„ globalized„ textile „production...warrant„ new „legal„ shifts...„Especially„ with „regard „to „the„ Ali„ Enterprises „fire „and „the „Rana „Plaza„ collapse „there „are„ different „initiatives„...aiming „at „creating „liability „of „the „involved „actors, „including „the „auditing „companies…When „retailers„ request „audits...they „are „in„ the „position„ to „set„ the„ standards„ for„ quality„...„„The „problem „is„ that „they „generally „do „not „have„ an „incentive „to „sue.„ This might „change, „though, „when„ retailers „are„ held„ liable„ for „injuries „due „to „abusive„ working„ conditions.„..Thus „far, workers „have „very „few „possibilities „to „hold„ auditors „to„ account „for „their „reports...[as theyare „not „parties„ to „the„ auditing „contract...A „simple„ and„ direct„ legal„ remedy„ should„ be „in „place…

[Also refers to: Benetton, Bureau „Veritas, El „Corte „Inglés, Ether Tex Ltd., George„ Weston „Ltd., H&M, Joe Fresh, KiK, Loblaw, New„ Wave „Bottom „Ltd., New„ Wave„ Style „Ltd., „Phantom Apparels Ltd., Phantom„ Tac„ Ltd., Primark, RINA „Services „S.p.A., Tazreen Fashions, TÜV Rheinland, Walmart]

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Related companies: Associated British Foods Benetton Business and Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) El Corte Inglés H&M KiK Loblaw Companies Nike Primark (part of Associated British Foods) Tazreen Fashions TÜV Rheinland Walmart