China: SAI and CNTAC work to improve factory conditions

Sep 7, 2011. The labour standards organisation Social Accountability International (SAI) has signed an agreement with the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) aimed at improving conditions in clothing factories across the country.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two groups will focus on five areas of possible cooperation, with activities due to kick off at a meeting of the multi-stakeholder advisory committee (MAC) in December.

The advisory committee will provide government, local and global companies, workers, social auditors and other stakeholders with a platform to discuss how to implement best practices in industrial relations and sustainable business.

Crucially, they hope to agree on sustainability strategies for the Chinese textile and apparel industry, making the most of local guidance on ways to improve labour conditions and improve worker satisfaction.

Beijing-based CNTAC is the national federation tasked with modernising China’s textile related industries. It officially started its CSR work in 2005 and has since initiated and operated its own voluntary CSR systems (CSC9000T and CSR-GATEs) in line with international conventions and domestic legislation.

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