The Migros ECO program is a role model started 1996 proving the successful implementation of a preventive chemical management approach in the entire supply chain of textile and apparel products.
The chemical preparations used are verified by experts based on Safety Data Sheets and special questionnaires to be completed by the chemical manufacturer against the MIGROS MRSL.
All components and production steps are recorded, documented and evaluated by gsm as a third party. ECO products provide an entire chain of custody with documentation through specific questionnaires plus supporting documents.
ECO products are traceable back to wet processing units and other processes with chemical input.
The requirements are regularly updated and corrective actions are defined to initiate and maintain a continuous improvement process.
For ten years we monitored the social compliance of suppliers worldwide from the food, agriculture and non-food sector on behalf of a major retailer in Japan and achieved significant improvements. The overall objective was the supplier development to achieve conformity with the individual Code of Conduct based on ILO principles. The monitoring process modules were online-pre-assessment, on-site audits and accompanying post audit measures.
Monitoring of producers worldwide from the food, agriculture and non-food sector on behalf of a major retailer in Japan. Significant improvements achieved in Code of Conduct compliance.
Consulting on sustainable cotton and wool in cooperation with ICON Institute GmbH. Elaboration of fact sheets for hot spots in cotton crop and animal welfare, supporting tools for the review process and workshop moderation.
Consultant to the partnership secretariat. Provided professional input on the operational and strategical level. Besides other consultancy tasks, this included the development of supporting tools for members, such as a handbook on supply chain transparency as well as conducting a workshop for members.
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project of gsm GmbH in cooperation with Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) to improve sustainable production and implement chemical management systems in Bangladesh.
Improved Chemical Inventory
Safer Handling of Chemicals
Better Workers Protection
Upgraded Management Practices
Ahead of the Greenpeace Detox Campaign and before the majority of the brands and retailers identified the use of hazardous substances in its supply chains as a major and significant environmental and social issue, gsm started a PPP-Project in Bangladesh to tackle these challenges. In cooperation with the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), gsm initiated in 2012 the almost three-year project. The project aimed at sustainable production and the implementation of chemical management systems in selected textile pilot companies in and around Dhaka. The project focus was on wet processing units, where the majority of chemicals are used and where the environmental impact is significant. 14 dyeing, printing and washing mills decided to participate and to break new ground.
It was a rocky road to success. Parallel trainers from BCAS (Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies) were trained on the job and in ToT-lessons to guide the factories and provide local support. As supporting tool a software application was developed to help the factories with their inventory management and documentation of diverse requirements from their buyers.
At the starting point the participating companies needed to be convinced about the benefits of such a system in relation to the financial and labour investments. The individual status of each company was assessed and necessary actions derived and accompanied. The workers, the mid and the high management level were educated and trained. Processes had to be adapted or newly established. But the efforts have paid off at the end of the project. Significant improvements have been made, awareness in the participating companies and in the industry has been raised through the integration of business associations, such as the BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturing Association). The participating companies made significant progress concerning clean production and the substitution of hazardous chemicals and until today, they still benefit from the improvements they have made.
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