Avedis H. Seferian, Esq., President & CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), wrote us saying: Over the past few weeks, WRAP has been putting together a thought piece on what supply chain social compliance management ought to look like in the post-pandemic world. I am very pleased to present to you the attached paper, which we published last week.
We believe that this pandemic presents an opportunity to re-set the supply chain social compliance management paradigm. The current model is dominated by individual brands and retailers promulgating their own duplicative proprietary programs.
The resulting audit fatigue has been a challenge the industry has tried to deal with through various attempts to harmonize standards over the past couple of decades. These attempts have all failed because they have all come down to the unrealistic expectation that a single solution will work for all.
We are proposing a new path to achieving harmony, one that moves away from attempts under a one-size-fits-all mindset, and instead is based on a handful of specialized, professional, independent organizations providing a menu-of-options for the supply chain as a whole (an approach already being used by a few big buyers, who have had a lot of success with it). We have come up with a new name to describe this new paradigm: symphonization.
I hope that all of us together can lead the change in philosophy that it espouses in order to enable a far more harmonious approach to supply chain social compliance management.
Their paper can be found here. Take a few minutes to read it, it’s well worth the time.
If you have any questions or comments for WRAP here’s their contact info:
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 601
Arlington, VA 22201
Also, WRAP encourages you to share their report with as many others as you wish.