11/15 ASSC Special Seminar “amfori Webinar”

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain is pleased to announce to hold our special seminar “amfori Seminar” co-organised by ASSC and amfori, which is Brussels-based NPO, using Webinar system. “Amfori” is an organization whose name was changed by the FTA (Foreign Trade Association) in 2017 and becomes an organization that has been operating for 40 years. It is also famous for the fact that there are so many companies using the BSCI Initiative in 2003 and using it in factories in ASEAN countries. We also set up an environmental initiative called BEPI and are also working on environmental issues. Amfori currently attracts more than 2,000 companies, mainly European companies. This time we will hold a webinar on this amfori’s activity and tell it. If you can access the Internet from the company and your home, it will be a seminar that you can join, please watch and join us.
 
Time:15th Nov. 2018   10:30-12:00 (JST)
Venue:On the web(Webinar with two languages translation, Japanese – English)
Fee: Free
※Application Form is linked below,and please apply for your participation by 12th Nov. 2018.

We announced “ASSC Sustainable Procurement Model”

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain(ASSC) announced its new model on sustainable procurement of enterprises, called “ASSC Sustainable Procurement Model “at the 2nd Tokyo 2020-ILO Sustainability Forum, which is co-organized by International Labour Organization (ILO) & The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, held on 17th October 2018.

This model introduces the mechanism called “workers-driven monitoring mechanism” to prompt early detection of problems at suppliers based on the voices of working people engaged in companies’ supply chain, complimenting the weak points of conventional processes (verification and evaluation of compliance with the supplier code of conduct, mainly by means of on-site audits), by which companies have conducted  CSR / sustainability procurement. By adapting this model, companies are more able to respect the rights and human rights of the workers in their supply chains.

In recommending this model, ASSC has already established “ASSC Workers Voice” to serve as a consultation window for working people (including foreign workers in Japan).

With regard to the voice of the working people obtained through this model, we will work to ensure that anonymity of all voices and other information from workers are secured.

we will continuously work with companies adopting this model to solve various problems existing on the supply chain.

【REPORT】WE GIVE A LECTURE AT THE SEMINAR 「TREND OF SUSTAINABILITY BASED ON “TITP” AND FAIR TRADE」 BY “JTIA” and “JTEA”  

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain(ASSC)got an opportunity to make a speech at the seminar which was held by Japan Textiles Import Association(JTIA) and Japan Textiles Export Association(JTEA) on 5th October, 2018. Our members, Wada and Mori participated in the seminar as ASSC.

Please see below for the details.

(Following article is quoted from “Textile News” on 11th October)

We firstly talked on institutional development of sustainability, recent trend of CSR procurement and Technical Intern Training Program (TITP).

When it comes to TITP, there are a lot of problems as like unfair contract, non-possession contract document, different work condition and attendance management from Japanese, and differential wages. Textile industry often tend to be a target for criticism. however, same situation is going on in various industry as like auto and construction now. we have heard worse story that some of them worked at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station for decontamination.

We also explained about movement of the side of government. And then, We announced that will hold Foreign Workers Round Table to enhance the knowledge of foreign workers issues for companies’ supply chain in Japan. It will be scheduled on 6th November and 5th December.

 

(Reference)
繊維ニュース 「日本繊維輸出、輸入組合など/持続可能性セミナー開催/技能実習生問題に言及」2018年10月11日付 

【Brief Report】“Foreign Workers Round Table” started in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan on 10th October, 2018.

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Supply Chain(ASSC) held it’s kick-off session of “Foreign Workers Round Table” in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan on 10th October, 2018.

This Round Table is multi-sector session for the sake of discussing labor and human rights issues regarding with foreign workers in Japan (including Technical Internship Trainee), which is aimed at increasing the knowledge of foreign labor issues in the supply chain of Japanese companies as well as to propose an approach to foreign labor issues.

In first Round Table, a lot of players that is corporations, companies, ministries and government officers, lawyers, NGO, and those from Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games made discussion to find solution for labor and human rights issues and also talked about expectation of this Round Table and the problems regarding with foreign workers.

ASSC holds Round Table every month to make opportunity that we set separate themes regarding with foreign workers and inviting external lectures to learn and share knowledge each other. And then, we are focusing on these activities can be connection to company’s action for society.

Some part of this problem are caused in sending country and accepting countries. We will be publishing reports for actual situation in overseas and domestic as we investigate in.

Next Round Table is scheduled on 6th November.

We will announce the place and schedule on ASSC website after second Round Table as soon as we decide.

Those who would like to join from the second time, please send e-mail with 4 kind of information below to info@g-assc.org.

  1. Name   2. Name of your organaization    3.  Phone number  4.  Place(Tokyo or Osaka)

※We provide this Round Table for free because we have purpose that stakeholders easily join and discuss. We offer everyone sharing constructive opinion and continuous participation for discussion.

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Support: General Incorporated Foundation Business Policy Forum, Japan.

We launched new service for all workers living in Japan, called “ASSC WORKERS VOICE.”

we are very pleased to announce about our first release of “ASSC WORKERS VOICE” today.

ASSC WORKERS VOICE is a kind of hotline desk which is independent, reliable, and easy-to-access for all workers living in Japan.
This is for creating sustainable society and enterprises by collecting and amplifying workers voices anonymously.

By using this, people working in Japan can easily tell about any problems related to “work” such as troubles at work, questions about labor laws and safety and health questions. Of course, we will not report the information sent from here to third parties (for example, the company you are working for)  without permission.

It is currently available in 3 languages including Japanese, English, and Chinese so far(Vietnamese will be available soon).

URL:https://g-assc.org/assc-workers-voice

 

In addition, we started to investigate about the working conditions and issues of foreign workers in Japan through questionnaire.

We would be happy if you could answer the questionnaire “The Questionnaire for Foreign Workers in Japan” on the same page. This questionnaire is for understanding the fact of workplace of foreign workers.

It is currently available in 4 languages including Japanese, English, Chinese, and Vietnamese so far. We would be happy if you could answer the questionnaire for making Japan better to live in and to work in.

 

If you have any question about this news release, feel free to inquire any question to us! (contact: info@g-assc.org )