Our collaboration spans global and regional industry organizations, government bodies, NGOs, academic institutions and civil society. Our partners representing industry initiatives include:
Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)
APSCA was created to enhance the professionalism, consistency and credibility of individual auditors and organizations performing independent social compliance audits, and to promote the use of independent social compliance audits as a tool to advance workplace conditions for workers globally. APSCA's certification process will ensure auditors have consistent training, education, background checks, and demonstrated competencies which are standard requirements in comparable professional auditor associations. ELEVATE is a founding member of APSCA.
Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) (formerly Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, EICC)
Founded in 2004 by a group of leading electronics companies, the RBA is a nonprofit coalition of electronics, retail, auto and toy companies committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. RBA members commit and are held accountable to a common Code of Conduct and utilize a range of RBA training and assessment tools to support continuous improvement in the social, environmental and ethical responsibility of their supply chains. RBA partners with ELEVATE to execute the Validated Audit Process (VAP) protocol in 35 countries.
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)
Founded in 1944, FDRA represents the entire footwear industry from small family owned footwear businesses to global footwear companies. It also serves the full supply chain of the footwear industry from research, design and development, to manufacturing and distribution, to retailers selling to global consumers. FDRA supports the footwear industry as its business intelligence hub and voice in Washington, DC, USA, and around the globe. ELEVATE partners with FDRA to deliver the Footwear Sourcing and Compliance Center at www.footwearfactorycompliance.com
Foreign Trade Association: the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
The BSCI is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains. BSCI implements the principle international labor standards protecting workers’ rights such as ILO conventions and declarations, the UNGP on Business and Human Rights and guidelines for multinational enterprises of the OECD. ELEVATE is approved to conduct BSCI audits worldwide.
ICTI CARE Foundation
ICTI CARE is the ethical supply chain program for the global toy industry. An independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2004, ICTI CARE works each day to improve working conditions at our factories by implementing the ICTI Code of Business Practices. The organization works with thousands of brands, retailers, suppliers, NGOs and other civil society groups to monitor, manage and fix social sustainability issues in the toy industry supply chain, and to protect and improve labor standards. ELEVATE is approved under the ICTI CARE Process (ICP) Audit Program.
Sedex is a global non-profit membership organization that is home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains. It is used by more than 40,000 members in over 150 countries. Companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labor rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. ELEVATE is approved to carry out Sedex SMETA 2-pillar and 4-pillar audits.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition’s main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. ELEVATE has SAC approved Higg verifiers and trainers around the world.
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. FLA places the onus on companies to voluntarily meet internationally recognized labor standards wherever their products are made. ELEVATE is accredited to monitor the full FLA Code of Conduct in Bangladesh and India.