Fashion Field Trip

India, Bangladesh, or both!

Join us on a journey to investigate what really happens behind closed doors in the fashion industry.

What makes these trips different?

Too often issues of labor abuse, human trafficking and bonded labour go undetected in the processes used for auditing and compliance. These trips offers a ‘360’ view of how to tackle human trafficking and labour exploitation which includes and goes beyond auditing and compliance.

The trips include:-

·      Interaction with Employers on compliance and supply chain management to explore the issues of traceability and understand employer issues

·      Meeting with victims and survivors to understand their experiences and the impact on their lives

·      Visits to home workers and cooperatives to understand their contribution to the industry

·      Meeting with Trade Unions to understand the role of trade unions in the textile sector and the participation of women workers in trade union activities and

·      Visit to training centres which are seeking to empower women and girls and other initiatives to support workers

·      Engagement with NGO’s and community based organisations address issues in the textile sector

·      Sharing expertise on transparency in supply chain challenges and best practice social auditing.

All this with colleagues, professionals and peers with the same agenda as you – seeking to build a fashion industry free from abuse.

You can choose to participate in one or both of the trips below.

India - Going to Tier 2

June 2017 with specific dates to be confirmed

Tirupur in the Tamil Nadu region of India is known as the ‘Dollar City’ for the amount of money some people are making. Here we address the issues associated with Teir 2 in the spinning weaving and dying mills producing cotton kit fabric. A scheme known as the Sumangali Scheme[1] has developed in the region and nearby states where young women are trafficked and held in a form of bonded labour. We have much to learn from the region about what does and doesn’t work in ending labour abuses. We will visit Tirapur and Dindigal.

Our India Consultant accompanying the group is Ramesh Raju, who has worked for over 20 years in the areas Social Compliance Audits and building the capacities of apparel factories to establish and implement a management system for adopting common code of conduct. He has worked with management and facilitated multi-stakeholder engagement and dialogues with Employers and Brands. He has experienced in conducting SA 8000, Sedex, Wrap Audits and support garment units in the DISHA certification process. He has played a key role in implementing intervention programmes with support of Brands (Levis, Bestseller, Inditex, Carrefour, Primark) to prevent trafficking into the Sumangali Scheme.

The trip will begin on 5 March 2017 (please plan to arrive by the evening meal) and conclude on 10 March 2017. Please arrange to fly into and out of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Bangladesh - Beyond Rana

June 2017 with specific dates to be confirmed

Rana Plaza was a mobilising event for the world’s garment selling businesses. Bangladesh’s garment industry employs around 3.6 million people accounts for 13% ofGDP and nearly 25% of the country’s exports. There has been much progress since Rana Plaza which we can learn from and there is much still to be done to implement fundamental change in the industry. The trip will visit Dhaka.

Our Bangladesh consultant accompanying the group is Nilambar (Neel) Bhuinya a specialist (amongst other things) in Social & Environmental Risk Management, and Metrics; CSR & Supply Chain Management; and Environmental & Social Compliance Auditing. He has particular skills in working with strategies in child labour and human trafficking sensitive industries. He is trained inSocial Accountability (SA8000)and an array of social standards such as BSCI, and various Codes of Conducts. He has worked for over 15 years in compliance and social auditing and OHS for businesses ranging from flowers for perfume to mining. He has consulted for Hugo Boss, Tchibo and Primark in India and Bangladesh.

 

The group will be accompanied by:

  • Carolyn Kitto is Director STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia. She has worked with awareness raising about the Sumangali Scheme in India through STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion Traffik Free Campaign. http://stopthetraffik.com.au
  • Colleen Theron is director and founder of CLT envirolaw, a niche law firm which helps companies understand how to meet their legal obligations for sustainability and business and human rights and to create progressive voluntary best practice standards. She is a regular public speaker on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and consultant specialising in modern slavery issues in supply chains and compliance for the UK Modern Slavery Act. http://clt-envirolaw.com
  • Gershon Nimbalker is Advocacy Director for Baptist World Aid Australia and oversees the team who develops the Australian Fashion Report. The processes associated with this report has been influential in helping businesses make the changes needed towards ending labour exploitation. http://www.behindthebarcode.org.au

 

Cost

$AUD 3,295 or approximately GBP 1,955[2] for each trip

 

We can recommend a travel agent familiar with our itinerary who can make your travel arrangements. International airfares, visas, and personal medical and travel insurance are not included in the cost of the trip. Local transfers (including collection from the airport), accommodation and most meals (but not alcoholic beverages) will be included. 

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