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. It will be updated as new information is released.

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Latest Updates

 

News • 18/05/2020
COVID-19 Updates 18 May
Our latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and governments’ and organisations’ responses to it.

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News • 14/05/2020
Auditing in the Time of COVID-19
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has had a global impact on all production levels.

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News • 14/05/2020
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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News • 13/05/2020
Agricultural Products and Basmati Rice – COVID-19 Digital Documentation
Temporary derogation allows electronic version of documents to obtain import.

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News • 08/05/2020
Exceptional Measures by EU Customs Authorities During COVID-19
Table of practical measures in each Member State updated as of 7 May.

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News • 08/05/2020
COVID-19: Challenge or Opportunity for Sustainable Trade?
Can the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 be leveraged to rethink trade deals and improve sustainability?

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Webinar Series

 

‘Speaking About Their Rights with Employees’ webinar from the MUDEM-RSC (Refugee Support Centre)
30 May 14:00 - 15:00 (CET) in English, Turkish and Arabic

Register here

 

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

4 June 15:00 – 16:10 pm (IST) 

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Watch the recordings

13 May 2020: Network Connect Turkey Webinar

05 May 2020: Network Connect India Webinar

28 April 2020: Network Connect Greater China Webinar

14 April 2020: Network Connect Bangladesh Webinar

31 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 28 May 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

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 

 

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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