SLCP Gateway shows strong growth in 2020 review
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, T4SD and project partners gained significant ground in their work related to increasing transparency and traceability in garment and footwear value chains. As demonstrated by the above graph, 2020 saw strong growth of garment facilities benefitting from the Social and Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) Gateway. The Gateway is a free-to-use online tool, developed by T4SD and SLCP, which allows factories to securely store and share their verified social and labour assessment data with multiple brand partners, eliminating the need for repetitive and costly audits.
Throughout 2020, T4SD and SLCP trained project beneficiaries and trainers on how to utilize the tool. The nearly 1,500 verified assessments in 2020 marked a 500% increase on the previous year, resulting in roughly $4.3 million in savings for garment facilities in 2020. Moreover, nearly 3,000 companies had created profiles on the Gateway by the end of the year, foreshadowing a continued uptick in assessment in 2021. The activities fall under the broader T4SD project on transparency and traceability in garment and footwear value chains, funded by the European Commission (DG International Partnerships).