What is the Social and Labor Convergence Project (SLCP)?
The objective of the project is to create a Converged Assessment Framework for social and labor data collection that will eliminate audit fatigue. The aim is to avoid duplications and reduce the number of social and labor audits, by replacing current proprietary assessment tools. This will allow resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labor conditions. It will also increase the opportunity for greater comparability of social and labor data. See more information on www.slconvergence.org.
What is the Converged Assessment Framework (CAF)?
The Converged Assessment Framework consists of three elements:
- Data Collection & Verification Tool (excel) – to collect and verify data on social & labor conditions in a facility.
- The Verification Protocol (PDF) – to explain how questions in the Tool must be interpreted and answered.
- The Verifier Guidance (PDF)– to support the Verifier in the verification process.
These assets can be downloaded from the SLCP gateway after creating an account.
The Converged Assessment Framework is available in which languages?
Initially (2018 Light Operation) the Converged Assessment Framework will be made available in English and Chinese. When rolling out in other countries other translations will become available. However, the narrative additions by facilities and Verifiers in the tool will need to be completed in in English.
What is a VOO?
The VOO (Verification Oversight Organization) provides oversight on the verification process conducted after the completion of each SLCP assessment. The VOO will seek to ensure that trust is maintained amongst participants, that verified assessment reports are shared with confidence between organizations and that there is confidence in the entire verification process.
If I am a manufacturer but not located in China or Sri Lanka, can I register my account on SLCP gateway?
Yes, all manufacturers around the world can register their account on SLCP gateway. But only China and Sri Lanka facilities will be able to verify their modules for the 2018 module cycle.
Who can register on SLCP gateway? Can brands and verifiers register?
Facilities, accredited host staff and VOO can register their accounts on the SLCP gateway. Verifiers and verifier bodies will be invited to the SLCP gateway by VOO. Brands can’t register their account but they can review the converged access framework resources on SLCP gateway.
How long will it take for the SLCP to approve my account request on the SLCP gateway, and how will I know when I have been approved?
The SLCP will approve your account request within 2 business days. Once approved, you will receive an email confirming the approval and guidance on next steps.
How do I register my account on the SLCP gateway?
Go to SLCP gateway: https://gateway.slconvergence.org/home to register your account for free. Currently, the SLCP gateway only one person per account can register, more users can be invited to the account in the future. Therefore it is suggested that users have a shared company email address, instead of a personal email address, to register. After you submit your account registration request on the gateway, SLCP will approve your account within 2 business days. Once approved, you will receive an email confirming the approval, guidance on next steps and finish completing your account information.
Where can I get my facility ID on the SLCP gateway?
Go to your SLCP gateway account profile to get the facility ID. This is a very important step, because you will need to enter your facility ID on the accredited host so that the accredited host can connect with SLCP.
How do I link an approved accredited host from SLCP gateway?
After you successfully register your account on SLCP gateway, you will login to your account and click ”Accredit Hosts” on the left side bar to link an approved accredit host.
If I complete the SLCP tool on SLCP gateway and decide to do verification for the SLCP data on higg.org, what should I do? Do I need to pay for it?
You need to register an account on higg.org and purchase both FSLM and vFSLM. Since SLCP data can only be verified on an approved accredited host, you must purchase Higg FSLM and vFSLM on higg.org in order to import your data from SLCP excel tool to higg.org.
Where can I find guidance on the SLCP excel tool and verification?
Go to the SLCP gateway: https://gateway.slconvergence.org/home and click “click here for access to FSLM resources” to get all guidance.