Presentation on theme: "SWEATFREE PORTLAND: OVERVIEW & LESSONS LEARNED Stacey Foreman, City of Portland, Oregon Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium Webinar, December 6, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
SWEATFREE PORTLAND: OVERVIEW & LESSONS LEARNED Stacey Foreman, City of Portland, Oregon Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium Webinar, December 6, 2012
Background August 2007 City Council Resolution to develop a Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy Developed by a diverse committee with participation from local labor rights organizations Incorporated lessons learned from other public agencies October 2008 City adopts Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy August 2009 – Administrative Rules finalized
Policy Overview Policy applies to all apparel contracts or amendments valued at $150,000 or more Policy is similar to the Consortium’s model policy Documentation Requirements Contractor signs affidavit stating policy compliance; affidavit includes statement on how compliance is monitored Contractor and Brand Owner complete and sign factory location disclosure form for contract items
Policy Overview Policy allows for waivers to policy compliance Policy allows for delayed compliance Documentation includes compliance plan & timeline Policy requires website publication of compliance information (factory locations) Policy incorporates a public compliant process Policy/Rules define a remediation process for violations Policy establishes community oversight committee
Challenges City often does not contract directly with a brand owner City alone has relatively little influence with brand owners Applying policy to “catalog” type contracts – where end-users can choose from a variety of items Time needed to collect factory location information Have to rely on affidavits and complaints – no capacity to conduct audits or otherwise verify compliance
Lessons Learned Try to ensure brand-owner is engaged at some point, even if not the prime contractor Plan ahead: allow plenty of time in procurement process for vendor to return complete documentation Allow for brand changes to facilitate compliance Understand end-user requirements - do they really need a specific brand or cut/color?
Lessons Learned Leave some flexibility for waivers or partial compliance Understand limitations of small distributors; find compliance mechanisms that take them into account Engage your community – an oversight committee can aid you in communicating with brand owners
Going Forward City participation in Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium Reduce time needed to receive compliance documentation Assists with maintaining updated information More agencies = more influence Build capacity to verify compliance May assist if complaints arise Consistent messaging to brand owners Reduce leg-work of small distributors
More Information City of Portland, Oregon Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy and Documents http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?c=50342& http://www.portlandonline.com/omf/index.cfm?c=50342& Or Contact: Stacey Foreman, Sustainable Procurement Coordinator City of Portland, Procurement Services Ph: 503-823-3508 firstname.lastname@example.org
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