CRB has worked extensively in the Apparel and Textile Sector. The work cuts across all the operational verticals of CRB to include capacity building, action research and advisory. Below is a snapshot of some of the work undertaken:
CRB has initiated multiple projects on circular apparel, that aim to identify and facilitate key policy and practice interventions that can provide impetus to nudge the Indian Textile and Apparel sector onto a circular path and thereby support balanced and sustainable growth of the industry. This Factsheet provides an overview of these interventions in terms of their objectives, achievements so far and the way ahead.
CRB is leading an initiative titled the Circular Apparel Policy Innovation Lab (CAPIL) that is funded by the Laudes Foundation. CRB is supported by Intellecap and Fashion for Good in CAPIL. CAPIL has been set up with the objective to explore and suggest policy interventions required for enabling a circular economy transition in the textile and apparel sector in India.
Read more about the initiative here.
CRB in association with Novozymes in 2019 conducted workshops and in 2018 directed a scoping exercise on promoting circular economy practices in textile manufacturing by engaging with manufacturers and other stakeholders in Delhi NCR. The aim of this initiative was to create basic awareness and understanding any textile manufacturers & other key stakeholders on opportunities and challenges in promoting transition towards circular apparel, CRB would use their experience in creating a following initiative to engage with policymakers and influencers on circular apparel in India. This would attribute towards creating an ecosystem for circular apparel.
As part of its annual international conference, CRB has hosted a number of sessions on labour and human rights related social sustainability issues in partnership with the OECD, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Embassy of the Netherlands (India) in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (refer: www.sustainabilitystandards.in)
Under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles. Driving Industry towards Sustainable Human Capital Advancement (DISHA) was conceptualized as a first-of-its-kind industry-owned and supplier driven initiative. The program aimed to facilitate and prepare the Indian apparel industry, especially small and medium enterprises, towards becoming more socially and environmentally responsible. The Indian apparel industry intended to achieve this with the help of a self-regulatory voluntary Common Code of Conduct (CCC), and a capacity building program supported by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and implemented by the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC). CRB was the Knowledge & Implementation Partner in DISHA Program since July 2012, and helped develop the AEPC Common Code of Conduct (CCC) and designed and developed the program approach and delivery methodology.
This program focuses on addressing low awareness and associated issues pertaining to garment factory workers and their Rights and Responsibilities (refer: https://rnrinfofilm.weebly.com/). It was designed through a joint effort by H&M, Carrefour, S.Oliver, Walmart, Tesco, M&S, Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and CRB, also supported by Primark and Mothercare. The Program employs five short films in local language on key worker-centric issues – Health & Safety, Misconduct, Good Working Environment, Overtime, Worker Representation, as primary training tool, and provides the necessary reading & communication supporting material (in the form of a training manual and posters) and implementation support (virtual and in person) to equip and enable suppliers to effectively use these films to train factory workers, thereby enabling increased awareness on worker’s rights and responsibilities.
Apart from this, CRB has done research project in partnership with Soladaridad; developed training modules for SMEs in apparel sector; devised certification courses; and has extensively worked with young women in Tamil Nadu & developed modules for training and capacity building.