Our goal is to create a more effective means of elevating working conditions using enhanced monitoring techniques, and capacity building support mechanisms focused on driving continuous improvement and measurable results.
The past ten years, which have seen the most ambitious and direct attempts to address stakeholder concerns over sweatshop abuses, has provided many significant lessons and a deeper understanding of how complicated the core issues are. One significant lesson is that a public relations department will only get you so far. If the business model of the brand is perceived as illegitimate by stakeholders, eventually the brand will be held accountable. Being held accountable may come in the form of legal action, consumer boycotts and/or the loss of key business relationships.
Although the field of 'labor compliance' or 'social accountability' is relatively young, it has matured enough in its current form to be critically examined. Such an examination shows that code of conduct (COC) auditing undertaken by brands and retailers has generally had a positive impact on export factory working conditions around the world. The real questions are 'to what extent?' and 'can we do better?' Level Works believes the answer to the later question is 'yes, we can do better'. Despite considerable gains in the areas of health & safety and child labor, abuses in other areas such as wages, hours of work, and freedom of association (FOA) remain unchanged and/or may be getting worse. This, combined with the rampant use of record falsification in many parts of the world ( China , India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , and the Middle East ) necessitates a reevaluation of the existing monitoring paradigm. Level Works goal is to create a more effective means of elevating working conditions using enhanced monitoring techniques, and capacity building support mechanisms focused on driving continuous improvement and measurable results.
Level Works challenges the idea that there exists a 'one size fits all' monitoring solution. In contrast, we offer our clients a long term partnership in monitoring their supply chain with the intention of lowering their own risk profile, and benefiting all supply chain stakeholders -- most importantly production workers. In order to accomplish this, Level Works believes that unique company, industry, and country variables must be taken into consideration to expand the success of the monitoring and corrective action cycle. In many cases, this means creating and executing unique client programs that may vary by country and/or region and involve more collaboration amongst brands and retailers.
Being results driven, Level Works stands behind the information we provide and that it will help our clients to make confident business decisions. This policy is a manifestation of our knowing the issues, tracking results, and holding ourselves accountable for collecting credible information in an ethical manner which is actionable for the client.
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