What is Get it Fair?
International manufacturing is increasingly organised in Global Value Chains with multiplicity of actors, high prevalence of subcontracting and, in certain sectors (e.g. garments and footwear), undeclared informal work. When you buy a shirt in Europe, it may have been sewn in Cambodia, using cloth manufactured in China from cotton grown in Uzbekistan and coloured with dyes from India. As a result, individual choices made by consumers in Europe may have consequences that impact on the lives of workers and communities in multiple countries across the world.
There is an emerging need to enhance the consistency and comparability of information relating to environmental matters, social and employee-related matters, respect of human rights, health and safety in the workplace, anti-corruption and bribery matters in the supply chains.
This is what is broadly defined Social Responsibility (SR) and is calling for enhanced transparency.
Consumers worldwide look towards brands and product assuring greater transparency and traceability for goods in the supply chain: from pre-production, to post production, to packaging, shipping and retail. Consumers not only demand to know where the product came from, but how individuals were involved in the process, their work conditions, sustainability compliance, health and safety, environmental impacts and so on.
Transparency in the supply chain is shaping sourcing, procurement, logistics, partnerships and customer practices daily. Understanding the necessity for transparent supply chains means addressing the growing consumer demand for its existence.
External factors (such as governmental and industry standards) raise eyebrows of a much thicker variety amongst corporations. Other external pressures include activist groups and non-governmental organizations that demand transparency from a particular company, industry or multiple industries at the same time.
New rules are also increasing the threshold of disclosure, reliability and transparency of non-financial information with specific focus on the supply chains. In Europe, the Directive 2014/95 has introduced a mandatory requirement for large enterprises. “They shall include in the balance sheet and in the management report a non-financial statement containing information to the extent necessary for an understanding of the undertaking’s development performance, position and impact of its activity relating to, as a minimum environmental, social and employee matter, respect for human right, anti-corruption and bribery matters”. The Non-financial statement must also include information on the due diligence processes covering its supply and subcontracting chains in order to identify, prevent and mitigate existing and potential adverse impacts.
The Directive 2014/95 includes the following provision: “Member states may require that the information in the consolidated non-financial statement be verified by an independent assurance service provider” (Clause 6). There is a growing demand for third party Due Diligence.
Many challenges exist for both large and small firms in developing countries in the implementation of SR practices. For small firms, overcoming these challenges has become a necessary condition of entering the global marketplace.
The Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad, according to their mission of promoting and facilitating bilateral trades between Italian and local company, play a key role in connecting international buyers, demanding more transparency and reliability of non-financial information related to Social Responsibility, with local organizations implementing social responsibility approaches verified by third party organization throughout a due diligence programme.
Why Get It Fair Due Diligence?
Due Diligence is a process through which companies identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their actual and potential risks of adverse impacts their business activities bring with them to the relevant Stakeholders.
OECD has published a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and sector specific publication such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible supply chains in the garment and footwear sector to provide companies with practical guidance for due diligence activities. ISO (International Standardization Organization) has published the standard ISO 26000 “Guidance for social responsibility”.
None of this document is certifiable.
The Get It Fair (www.getit-fair.com) Framework has been developed to provide companies with a SR reference model and third parties with a certifiable document for conducting due diligence aiming to provide all the interested parties with confidence regarding the social responsibility aspects: human rights, health and safety, environmental and fairness.
The Get It Fair Due Diligence service
The Chamber, in partnership with ICMQ India (leading Italian certification body), provides its members with the Get It Fair Due Diligence services aiming to:
- become Get It Fair certified upon completion of the assessment process (manufacturers)
- provide a support for implementing responsible sourcing practices (buyers)
The Get It Fair Framework refers to international documents and standards. The most important are: OECD Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, OECD Guidance for Responsible supply chains and ISO 26000 standard. The GIF Framework covers all the relevant Social Responsibility aspects: human rights, work conditions, health and safety, environment, business fairness.
The Get It Fair Due Diligence is a comprehensive third party process available to the Chamber members and carried out by ICMQ India with the support of Holonic Platform.
The Chamber provides members with an independent Due Diligence regarding their social responsibility management system and risks in its operation.
Get It Fair Due Diligence not only provides organizations with internal input for managing improvement processes but above all helps organizations in providing their local and international Stakeholders and buyers with reliable information regarding their SR practices.
The Get It Fair Due Diligence service provided by the Chamber in collaboration with ICMQ India can be required by:
- Buyers: companies operating at various points along the supply chain including global commodities buyers and merchandisers, buying offices and agents, distributors, etc. interested to get a reliable support for their purchasing practices;
- Manufacturers: Small, medium and large local enterprises interested to improve their export to international markets
- Privately owned, State-owned or mixed interested to attract investors and improve the relationship with their Stakeholders.
- Stakeholders interested to understand the measures enterprises are recommended to take with regard to managing their social responsibility impacts
The Get If Fair Due Diligence service provided by the Chamber allows members to:
- Achieve the Get It Fair certificate at subsidised price;
- Publish the certified companies in the Get It Fair web site
- Enable them to provide their Stakeholders with relevant extra-financial information required by law of for other marketing purposes.
- Promote local companies to Italian (and European) buyers and other stakeholders
- Gain promotion by the mean of communication (e.g. Newsletter) and events (conferences, seminars, workshops) in collaboration with both ICMQ group and other Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad.
- Access to the international Get It Fair community