|GSCP Working Plan|
When the GSCP was created, founding members agreed on a working plan to support their final goal of a remediating the root causes of non-compliances in their supply chains. The GSCP working plan represents a staged approach with 6 distinct steps, complemented by one additional project. This slices the task into manageable actions around which to build consensus step by step and move towards convergence of ideas and actions.
Steps 1 to 4: the GSCP reference tools
Steps 1 to 4 aim at developing reference tools and processes based on best practices from existing social compliance and site-specific environmental management systems. This includes the tools typically found in a monitoring system, and can be used as such, integrated into a buying company's system, or as a reference against which to assess and if needed review existing systems. The purpose is to progressively allow retailers and brand manufacturers to reach mutual recognition of audit results. This will in turn lead to more efficient processes for all concerned and ultimately reduce audit fatigue. By reducing the number of audits in their shared supply bases, companies will be in a position to free up resources so as to concentrate efforts on remediation and capacity building
The GSCP Equivalence Process integrates all the GSCP reference tools, for social and the environment into a benchmarking system for buying companies' and other organisations' compliance systems and tools. It allows users to assess where their systems and tools stand vis-à-vis best existing practice as defined in the GSCP reference tools. This process will help build transparency and comparability between existing schemes.
Step 5: Data Sharing
Step 5 aims at further building understanding, comparability and transfer of information between the different systems through developing protocols for data and information sharing, ultimately for audit reports sharing and data mining.
Step 6: Remediation & capacity building
The ultimate goal of the GSCP and its members: a collaborative approach to remediation through continuous improvement methods, training and capacity building. Suppliers will be able to focus better, in partnership with buying companies, on developing their own systems to deliver fair labour and environmental conditions.