COVID-19 Updates Hub

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has generated major disruption in global supply chains and has resulted, all over the world, in strict health and safety measures. On this page you will find all information, resources and recommendations amfori has communicated so far related to the impact of the virus in supply chains and amfori activities. The flow of news has slowed as governments and businesses adjust to the "new normal". However, we will continue to keep this page up to date as new information or guidance is released. 

 

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News Articles

News • 05/10/2020
amfori Signs Joint Letter for Workers in Indonesia


The letter urges Indonesia’s Government to ensure that any amendments to current labour laws remain consistent with international standards of labour rights.

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News • 07/09/2020
amfori Encourages Members to Uphold Responsible Purchasing Practices


A few months ago we shared our guide, ‘Responsible Purchasing Practices in times of COVID-19’.

 

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News • 21/08/2020
amfori BSCI Audit Validity Extension - Update


amfori has decided to extend by three months the validity dates of all amfori BSCI audits worldwide with an expiry date between 1 March 2020 and 1 June 2020.

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Webinar Series

 

Over the past months, amfori hosted a number of webinars related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch the recordings below.

For upcoming events visit our events section >>

 

June 2020

The COVID - 19 crisis - The impact to supply chain sustainability webinar

Impact of COVID-19 on the Wine Sector in Argentina and Chile Webinar

Responsible Purchasing Practices amid COVID-19 and Beyond

Preparing for the New Normal: International Trade in a Post-COVID World

Responsible Supply Chains: Upholding Global Supply Chains in the Textile and Clothing Sector

 

May 2020

Network Connect Turkey Webinar

Network Connect India Webinar

April 2020

Network Connect Greater China Webinar

Network Connect Bangladesh Webinar

March 2020

Assessing & Acting Sustainable Sourcing Practice Amidst Impact by COVID19 Outbreak in 2nd half 2020

 

Monitoring Updates

amfori BSCI Audit Validity Extension - Update 

Following the continuing spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), amfori has decided to extend by three months the validity dates of amfori BSCI audits, provided that the auditing company cannot conduct the audit in time. This decision does not apply to amfori BEPI assessments, where there is no RSP holder.

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Auditing in the Time of COVID-19

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has had a global impact on all production levels. In turn, this may lead to changes in workflow and working conditions in amfori members’ supply chains. amfori is working with amfori-approved auditing companies to closely monitor the situation in supply chains and identify any conditions that have arisen as a direct consequence of COVID-19.

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amfori is in regular contact with all our approved auditing companies. To assist members in their monitoring activities, they have provided a global snapshot of their availability.

This document was last updated on 2 October 2020.

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Capacity Building Updates

Unfortunately, we are continuing to cancel face to face training sessions in a number of regions worldwide. Please log in to your amfori Academy account to see the latest updates regarding which training sessions have been cancelled. 


During this time, we encourage members and producers to enroll in the various e-learning opportunities available on the amfori Academy.

Read the article on our top recommended courses here

 

Useful Resources

COVID-19 FAQ English

COVID-19 FAQ Mandarin

Responsible Purchasing Practices Guidelines

 

Responsible Purchasing Practices PPT 

 

Short Time Working Allowance in Turkey: FAQs in English and FAQs in Turkish

Monthly India News Summary

 

External Links:

The OECD’s Key country policy responses overview. A useful overview for companies to understand what to expect from governments fiscally.

IOM Releases Guidance for Employers and Businesses on Protection of Migrant Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Responding responsibly to the COVID-19 crisis Joint priorities for the garment sector.

Guidelines for “Better” Purchasing Practices Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis and Recovery

UN Women’s Guidance note on a gender-sensitive response to  COVID-19 

IOM: Rapid Assessment of Labour Recruiters’ responses and challenges to protect migrant workers during COVID-19 and other news

 

Serving you safely

Following the latest instructions from the Belgium government, our staff will continue to work remotely. Our IT infrastructure allows for this set up, while maintaining all appropriate confidentiality measures. All staff are available over email as usual.


Moreover, all business travel for amfori representatives has been suspended until further notice and all amfori-hosted events or meetings in Europe and Asia scheduled to take place in coming weeks and months have been cancelled or postponed. Where available, meetings will be organised electronically through videoconference or telephone.


amfori will provide an update to the situation as it changes. In the meanwhile, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Our frontline membership support remains available by phone (+32 (0) 2 741 64 76) and email

 

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Leading the Way with Positive Action and Good Practice

There has been some positive news amongst these bleak updates. Some companies are going beyond fulfilling their basic obligations and are offering additional support to suppliers, staff, customers and their local community at this difficult time.

We are pleased to share stories of our members going above and beyond to ensure a sustainable supply chain.

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Now, more than ever, it is important that businesses uphold Responsible Purchasing Practices. To inspire others and to share best practice, we would like to share news about our members who are making responsible purchasing decisions in these difficult times. We would like to hear from you if you have any best practice stories or advice that could help fellow members.

Please email us and include a brief description of the problem you faced, how you solved it and any useful insights that you gained.

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