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WRAP and the Sustainable Development Goals

By: KT Ramakrishnan
Nov 30

During my interactions with many of our stakeholders, especially the manufacturing organizations, it was observed that there are hardly any or little awareness on sustainable development goals, leave alone the organizational contributions towards the achievement of these goals.  This situation is what prompted me to make a small write up narrating on what one can do as a minimum in this regard.  It may also be noted that for the purpose of clarity and brevity, the focus is narrowed down to SDGs that apply to garment industries.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

From the above we understand that WRAP implementation is an aid towards the achievement of these goals as analyzed herein:

SDG 1:  Reduction of Poverty, SDG 2:  Zero Hunger:  WRAP Principles are based on compliance to legal requirements of a country including payment of minimum wages.  The garment and leather sector are worker intensive and employs a large number of women.  By ensuring wage payment on time, poverty levels are reduced.  Besides, there may be other benefits accrued such as social security benefits, attention to medical access, etc.  Foster Social & Environmental well being is one of the objectives of WRAP implementation.

SDG 3:  Good health and wellbeing, SDG 6:  Clean water and Sanitization: WRAP Principle 8 adequately summarizes the objective of realizing these goals.  Facilities will provide a safe, clean, healthy and productive workplace for their employees. Facilities shall prioritize worker health and safety above all else, and proactively address any safety issues that could arise. This will include a wide variety of requirements, such as ensuring, among other things, the availability of clean drinking water (at no charge to workers), adequate medical resources, fire exits and safety equipment, well-lighted and comfortable workstations, clean restrooms. Further, facilities shall adequately train all their workers on how to perform their jobs safely.

SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 Required Inequalities:  Achievement of these goals through WRAP Implementation is self-evident.  Proper monitoring parameters may be established by respective organizations.

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 Climate Action:  WRAP Principle No.10 emphasizes, compliance to environmental requirements.   WRAP always believed that the core contents of social certification are incomplete without paying attention to once environment.  Only a few organizations belonging to garment and leather sector has opted for a separate certification on the situation, hence focus to this critical aspect of once environments were primarily unattended to. Quite clearly by adopting the essential indicators of natural capitalism (Recycling, Reuse, Reduction, Rethinking and Rationalized approach to the environmental aspects concerning the use of natural resources every company achieves excellent results.  They also contribute to climate mitigation, energy saving, reduction in pollution, water saving, etc.

That an organization can significantly contribute towards the achievement of SDGs are not realized.  We have covered only partly, how the WRAP Principles significantly helps in demonstrating organizational contribution.

WRAP honestly believes that a meaningful and proper implementation of WRAP by itself is a roadmap in demonstrating organizational objectives.

 

During my interactions with many of our stakeholders, especially the manufacturing organizations, it was observed that there are hardly any or little awareness on sustainable development goals, leave alone the organizational contributions towards the achievement of these goals.  This situation is what prompted me to make a small write up narrating on what one can do as a minimum in this regard.  It may also be noted that for the purpose of clarity and brevity, the focus is narrowed down to SDGs that apply to garment industries.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

From the above we understand that WRAP implementation is an aid towards the achievement of these goals as analyzed herein:

SDG 1:  Reduction of Poverty, SDG 2:  Zero Hunger:  WRAP Principles are based on compliance to legal requirements of a country including payment of minimum wages.  The garment and leather sector are worker intensive and employs a large number of women.  By ensuring wage payment on time, poverty levels are reduced.  Besides, there may be other benefits accrued such as social security benefits, attention to medical access, etc.  Foster Social & Environmental well being is one of the objectives of WRAP implementation.

SDG 3:  Good health and wellbeing, SDG 6:  Clean water and Sanitization: WRAP Principle 8 adequately summarizes the objective of realizing these goals.  Facilities will provide a safe, clean, healthy and productive workplace for their employees. Facilities shall prioritize worker health and safety above all else, and proactively address any safety issues that could arise. This will include a wide variety of requirements, such as ensuring, among other things, the availability of clean drinking water (at no charge to workers), adequate medical resources, fire exits and safety equipment, well-lighted and comfortable workstations, clean restrooms. Further, facilities shall adequately train all their workers on how to perform their jobs safely.

SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, SDG 10 Required Inequalities:  Achievement of these goals through WRAP Implementation is self-evident.  Proper monitoring parameters may be established by respective organizations.

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13 Climate Action:  WRAP Principle No.10 emphasizes, compliance to environmental requirements.   WRAP always believed that the core contents of social certification are incomplete without paying attention to once environment.  Only a few organizations belonging to garment and leather sector has opted for a separate certification on the situation, hence focus to this critical aspect of once environments were primarily unattended to. Quite clearly by adopting the essential indicators of natural capitalism (Recycling, Reuse, Reduction, Rethinking and Rationalized approach to the environmental aspects concerning the use of natural resources every company achieves excellent results.  They also contribute to climate mitigation, energy saving, reduction in pollution, water saving, etc.

That an organization can significantly contribute towards the achievement of SDGs are not realized.  We have covered only partly, how the WRAP Principles significantly helps in demonstrating organizational contribution.

WRAP honestly believes that a meaningful and proper implementation of WRAP by itself is a roadmap in demonstrating organizational objectives.

 

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