AB Sustain is a division of AB Agri Ltd, the agriculture group of Associated British Foods. AB Sustain specialises in working with clients to design, develop and deliver sustainable agricultural supply chain solutions.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
The Accord is an independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections at factories and public reporting of the results of these inspections.
ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) is an initiative between international brands and retailers, manufacturers and trade unions to address the issue of living wages in the textile and garment supply chain. ACT aims to improve wages by establishing industry collective bargaining in key countries (including Cambodia and Bangladesh), supported by world class manufacturing standards and responsible purchasing practices.
AKUT is a Turkish non-governmental organisation involved in emergency search and rescue response operations. AKUT also provides disaster preparedness and awareness training.
Association for Stimulating Know How (ASK)
ASK is a capacity building organisation working with grassroot communities, NGOs, the Government, and business to achieving equitable development and social justice in India. ASK’s areas of expertise include capacity building, evaluation & studies, corporate social accountability, resettlement & rehabilitation, and action for inclusion.
Awaj works to empower women, garment workers and improve working conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh. Awaj’s activities include healthcare, social dialogue, legal aid and empowerment programmes.
Better Mills Initiative (BMI)
The BMI is a partnership between Solidaridad, brands and retailers and their suppliers. The programme aims at achieving measurable improvements in the textile dyeing and washing sector in China with an initial focus on the Yangtze River Delta.
Better Work is an ILO and IFC initiative. Working with employers, governments, factories, unions and buyers, Better Work aims to improve working conditions through the provision of factory level assessments, advisory services and training. Better Work runs programmes, in Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
Business For Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR works with a global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
The Cahn Group
The Cahn Group, LLC is a corporate responsibility consultancy dedicated to creating sound business practices that are consistent with societal needs and stakeholder expectations.
The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.
Change Associates is a Bangladeshi organisation committed to actively promoting the empowerment of Bangladeshi women, less privileged citizens and female workers. Change Associates provides training, research and consultancy services to NGOs, government, research organisations and business.
CottonConnect is a not-for-profit organisation that connects brands and retailers to cotton farmers helping both to work closely together to create a sustainable cotton industry and to transform at scale the way retailers’ source cotton.
Department for International Development (DFID)
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. It is working to end the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GIZ delivers advisory services and projects in more than 130 countries. Areas of work include rural development, infrastructure, security, reconstruction and peace, social development, governance and democracy, environment, economic development and, management services.
GIZ's sole shareholder is the Federal Republic of Germany, represented within Germany by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).
Dhaka University comprises thirteen faculties that offer undergraduate and graduate programmes in Arts, Science, Law, Business Studies, Social Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Fine Art, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Education. The University includes nine institutes and 34 research centres.
ELEVATE works with brands, retailers, factories and suppliers to deliver global monitoring programs, capacity building, training and advisory services to improve social compliance in global supply chains.
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations. ETI works to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods.
Ergon Associates (Ergon)
Ergon is a consultancy that specialises in labour and human rights, employment, gender and development. Ergon undertakes research and advisory services for companies, organisations and membership groups that are well placed to promote rights-based development, through investment, trade, commercial supply chains, development cooperation or advocacy.
Geosansar delivers financial education and services to the unbanked in India. Backed by the State Bank of India, Geosansar provides bank accounts and bank branches in worker communities.
Good World Solutions
Good World Solutions builds transparency across global-supply chains by implementing affordable, scalable web and mobile technologies. Good World Solutions monitor working conditions, track social impact, promote fair wages and communicate directly with workers.
Ideas is an independent consulting firm with a focus on the insurance industry, social security and benefits, risk analysis, and coverage.
Impactt is a consultancy specialising in ethical trade, human rights, labour standards, gender and international development. Impactt works with major brands, retailers, governments, academics and NGOs to maximise the positive impacts of global trade on workers and local communities.
The Institute of Contemporary Observation (ICO)
ICO is a civil society organization dedicated to labour development and corporate social responsibility. It drives China's sustainable development through research, labour rights advocacy, social responsibility consultation, education and training, legal aid, and community services.
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. IFC’s work in more than 100 developing countries allows companies and financial institutions in emerging markets to create jobs, generate tax revenues, improve corporate governance and environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities.
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services.
MADE-BY is a European not-for-profit organisation with a mission to improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry. MADE-BY supports fashion brands in developing and implementing sustainability strategies that can be maintained within a commercial environment. The organisation was founded by Solidaridad, a leading Dutch and international NGO that has been an innovator and driving force in fair trade and environmental issues.
Medway Consultancy Services (UK) Ltd (MCS)
MCS is a global architecture and civil and structural engineering consultancy. MCS offers services in planning, design, project management , procurement, social and environmental impact management and building assessments.
Mestrelab provides bespoke software solutions and resources.
Naripokkho is a membership-based organisation in Bangladesh. Naripokkho works for the advancement of women’s rights and entitlements and to build resistance against violence, discrimination and injustice.
Newlife is the UK’s leading children’s disability charity specialising in support to aid children affected by all disabilities. The charity has also played a leading role in the establishment of Europe's first dedicated Birth Defects Research Centre.
NUK is a non-governmental organisation working to promote gender equality, human rights and personal empowerment of women and girls in Bangladesh. NUK works directly and in partnership with local women's organizations, garment factories and Trade Unions, political parties, and local government bodies.
Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)
PaCT is a partnership between textile wet processing factories in Bangladesh, international apparel buyers, wet processing technology suppliers, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dhaka), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the NGO Solidaridad. The PaCT partners share a commitment to bring about systemic, positive environmental change for the Bangladesh textile wet processing sector, its workers, and surrounding communities, and to contribute to the sector’s long-term competitiveness.
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (PSG)
PSG’s mission is to provide world-class medical education to young men and women and foster research and development as well as evolve appropriate strategies for health care and medical services for rural and urban communities.
The Re- Assurance Network (TRN)
TRN offer services in corporate responsibility assurance and strategy, ethical audits, corporate responsibility reporting, lottery support services, business ethics, stakeholder engagement, e-learning, also environmental strategy and assurance.
Reed Consulting (BD) Ltd
Reed Consulting Bangladesh Ltd. offers consulting services in cleaner production, energy efficiency, occupational safety and health, fire safety, worker–management relationships and productivity improvement.
Sanchayan is a non-profit social venture working to bring financial literacy to the youth and adults in India.
Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
SEWA is a trade union registered in India in 1972. It is an organisation of self-employed women workers. SEWA organises workers to achieve their goals of full employment and self-reliance through the joint action of union and cooperatives.
Sheva is a non-governmental organisation based in Bangladesh. Sheva works to secure and protect women's rights by implementing programmes to support women at work and poverty alleviation programmes.
Social Awareness and Voluntary Education (SAVE)
SAVE is an NGO based in Tirupur, South India. SAVE provides rehabilitation and care for vulnerable children, self-help groups for women, information and training on labour rights, and health services.
Solidaridad is an international network organisation that works on creating sustainable supply chains from the producer to the consumer. It brings together supply chain actors and engages them in innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. Solidaridad´s textiles programme works to improve labour conditions in garmenting units and reduce environmental pollution from dyeing mills.
St.John's Medical College Hospital
St.John's Medical College Hospital is a tertiary medical service centre with 1200 beds. It offers specialist and diagnostic services.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Primark is a member of the SAC, a coalition of more than 150 global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries. There are currently more than 150 members of the SAC, the majority of which are global brands and retailers including: adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Levi’s, L.L. Bean, Macy’s, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, REI, Target, and VF Corporation. More information on SAC, the complete Higg Index, and a full list of members can be found at
The Textilbündnis is the German government’s Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. The multi-stakeholder initiative, comprising of brands, associations, NGOs, unions, standard-setting organisations and the German government, combine their expertise and commitment, in order to achieve social, ecological and economical improvements along the textile supply chain. For these complex challenges, the members of the initiative work together to establish common solutions.
TUV is an approved auditing and certification body for various international sustainable development, climate change and social compliance standards. TUV also provides IT security and safety and energy efficiency consultancy services.
UL is a global, independent safety science company dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments. UL holds seven companies which offer services to ensure product safety, and sustainable and responsible sourcing solutions.
The Dutch Retail Council (RND) is the independent central employers' organisation of retailing in the Netherlands. The RND is an ‘umbrella’ organisation comprising various membership groups. VGT is one of these associations, representing textile retailers. The group focuses on collective CSR and trade policy issues.
Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP)
WRAP is a government funded initiative established in 2000 with the objectives of minimising resource use and diverting priority materials from landfill. WRAP leads the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). SCAP’s ambition is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. By bringing together industry, government and the third sector, it aims to reduce resource use and secure recognition for corporate performance by developing sector-wide targets.
ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) is the industry working group of major apparel and footwear brands and other stakeholders who have made a shared commitment to phase out the use of hazardous chemicals by 2020.