Labour, Jobs and Employment – Harmonization of labour laws, gender gap, unemployment, etc.

Social and Labor Convergence Programme (SLCP)

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Social and Labor Convergence Programme (SLCP)

Mains level : Labour reforms in India

  • The ‘Social and Labor Convergence Programme (SLCP),’ an initiative to have a standard-neutral, converged assessment framework for the textile and clothing industry, will be launched in India very soon.

Social and Labor Convergence Programme (SLCP)

  • The SLCP is an initiative led by the world’s leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, (inter)governmental organizations, service providers and civil society organizations, to eliminate audit fatigue by replacing current proprietary tools with a standard-neutral Converged Assessment Framework.
  • The objective of the programme is to improve the working conditions in textile units by allowing resources that were previously designated for compliance audits to be redirected towards the improvement of social and labour conditions.

What SCLP actually is?

  • This is a voluntary adoption by the textile and clothing makers.
  • The SLCP would be holding free seminars at Mumbai, Bengaluru, Tiruppur, and New Delhi and will launch operations in India, China, Sri Lanka and Taiwan this month.
  • The SLCP is not a code of conduct or compliance programme.
  • The converged assessment framework is a tool developed by the SLCP, which provides a data set with no value judgment or scoring.
  • It is, however, compatible with existing audit systems and codes of conduct. This means that the same data set can be used by a wide-range of stakeholders.
  • It eliminates the need for repetitive audits to be carried out on the same facility.

Impact

  • For the exporting units, it will reduce the number of social audits and facilitate measuring of employment practices, thus improving working conditions and employee relations.
  • It also redeploys resources towards improvement actions and fosters collaboration between supply chain partners.
  • The benefits of SLCP for facilities are that it addresses audit fatigue by reducing the number of social audits and facilitates measuring of employment practices, thus improving working conditions & employee relations.
  • It also redeploys resources towards improvement actions and fosters trust and collaboration between supply chain partners.
  • SLCP will be holding a series of free one-day seminars in four centres to introduce facilities and their business partners to the SLCP process.
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