The Brazilian office of C&A Foundation, Instituto C&A, has invited proposals for innovative initiatives to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in the country’s fashion industry. As consumers become increasingly aware of the conditions in which fashion is made, the demands for greater transparency have increased.
A growing number of brands and industry groups have begun to publicly disclose information such as the names and locations of suppliers they work with, working conditions, safety information and more.
“We are looking for innovative ways to improve working conditions in the fashion industry in Brazil. Transparency can contribute a great deal by disseminating reliable and publicly accessible information and by encouraging accountability, making working conditions a priority in the sector,” says Giuliana Ortega, executive director of the Brazilian C&A Foundation, Instituto C&A.
Transparency will only contribute to improving working conditions when publicly disclosed information is used to encourage accountability. With access to relevant data and information, stakeholders at each stage of the value chain can prioritise choices that will improve conditions for garment workers.
The initial budget available for this call for proposals is approximately $ 400,000 – a maximum of about $ 180,000 for each proposal. Up to three proposals will be chosen.
The initiatives presented should develop or implement projects that disseminate public, accurate and credible sources of information and data on issues that directly or indirectly affect working conditions; disseminate information or data strategically, helping key players make decisions and implement actions that promote positive changes in practices, policies and behaviours that affect working conditions; and bring about changes that have the potential to be systemic, impacting the industry rather than just impacting a factor or brand (unless it is proven that a change to a single factory or brand would have such an impact that the entire industry would follow suit, leading to a structural change).
Proposals can come from international organisations, but the initiatives must work in the Brazilian fashion industry. The grant will be managed by the foundation's Brazilian office. (SV)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India