Responsible sourcing foundation ICTI CARE has partnered up with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to help advance women’s empowerment in global supply chains.
ICTI works primarily with the toy and entertainment industry and monitors supplier performance in order to ensure they are meeting responsibilities in “health and safety, child and forced labour, working hours and wages, discrimination and disciplinary practices and social benefits”. BSR is a global non-profit organisation that has a network of over 250 members – its central purpose is to develop sustainable business strategies via cross-sector collaboration, research and consulting.
The new partnership is part of a wider cooperation with other responsible sourcing programs, including: Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI), The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and Sedex – with the aim of bringing the empowerment of women to the forefront of strategies, guidelines and practices.
ICTI has said that focusing on female empowerment will provide a better global framework for supply chain management. The partnership will identify opportunities to strengthen ICTI CARE certification, as well as more specifically working with BSR to put together empowerment strategies for toy factories in India.
“India is fast emerging as a dynamic new centre for toy production, which presents unique opportunities to build in ethical standards and get things right from the start,” said Carmel Giblin, CEO and President, ICTI CARE. “Women make up the majority of the global toy workforce and we are delighted to partner with BSR to deliver practical, in-factory support and peer-to-peer training to empower women and enhance their well-being at Indian toy factories,”
Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, senior vice president, BSR: “Inventing a code isn’t going to help achieve gender equality in the supply chain. To be effective, gender considerations need to infiltrate the existing standards. This gender code guidance is a first step toward mainstreaming gender considerations into private-sector policies and practices.”