Latest update on COVID-19

11-03-2020

 

In response to the questions we have received from our members around Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) and its impact on sourcing in supply chains, we have been working to keep our members up to date as the situation develops.

In addition to the recommendations, FAQs and updates that we have published on the situation, we will organise a webinar for our members on 31 March 10:00 - 11:00 (CEST). During this session we will examine how businesses can source sustainably during this global public health crisis and how best to deal with disruptions in supply chains.

You can submit questions to be answered during the webinar by using this form.

Join our webinar

Monitoring activity

Monitoring activities in certain regions in China have been cancelled or postponed in agreement with the auditing companies and RSP holders. As per the Chinese Government’s official announcement recommendation, amfori will extend the audit validity of affected producers for three more months following the existing validity date.

More details on the suspension of auditing activities can be found in our article from February.

Meetings and Training Sessions

Due to Novel Coronavirus concerns and in coordination with local teams and representatives, we have decided to rearrange the following meetings to a later date:

 

Date

Activity cancelled

City

19/03/2020

Network Connect Finland

Helsinki

20/03/2020

Network Connect France

Paris

20/03/2020

Network Connect Spain

Madrid

24/03/2020

Network Connect Denmark

Aarhus

31/03/2020

Network Connect Germany

Dortmund

02/04/2020

Network Connect Bangladesh

Dhaka

06/04/2020

Network Connect The Netherlands

Utrecht

 

Furthermore, we have cancelled the following face-to-face training sessions in Vietnam, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Italy and Spain. We plan to rearrange the training sessions or provide alternatives as soon as possible. In the meanwhile make sure you make the most out of our training opportunities online.

 

Date

Activity cancelled

Country

City

10/03/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh

11/03/2020

Drafting a Remediation Plan

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh

12/03/2020

Fair Remuneration and Decent Working Hours

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh

16/03/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Sri Lanka

Colombo

17/03/2020

Worker Involvement in Improving Working Conditions (Grievance Mechanisms)

India

Delhi

17/03/2020

Occupational Health and Safety

Sri Lanka

Colombo

17/03/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Vietnam

Hanoi

18/03/2020

Young Workers Management

India

Delhi

18/03/2020

Fair Remuneration and Decent Working Hours

Sri Lanka

Colombo

18/03/2020

Drafting a Remediation Plan

Vietnam

Hanoi

19/03/2020

Fair Remuneration and Decent Working Hours

Vietnam

Hanoi

19/03/2020

Responsible Recruitment

India

Delhi

24/03/2020

Getting started with amfori BSCI

Thailand

Bangkok

25/03/2020

Drafting a Remediation Plan

Thailand

Bangkok

25/03/2020

Getting Buy-In for amfori BSCI in Your Company

Spain

Barcelona

26/03/2020

Occupational Health and Safety

Thailand

Bangkok

12/03/2020

Introduction to sustainable wine

Italy

Castel Bolognese

30/03/2020

Auditor Qualification Training

Thailand

Bangkok

 

 

We are monitoring the situation and we will continue to update our members regarding the sessions that are planned to take place in April.

Preventative Safety Measures at amfori

amfori is also taking responsible preventative measures to minimise the risks among our staff, while making sure the service level to members will not be affected.

Employees will coordinate to work remotely where possible and there will be no business travel until further notice. We will be limiting meetings with external parties, whether at our premises or outside, and will rearrange for them to take place by other means when possible. This includes the upcoming amfori Board meeting on the 18 March, which will now be conducted online via video conferencing.

This measures will be reviewed in a month. We will continue to monitor the situation and take whatever measures we deem necessary in order to protect the health of staff, stakeholders and the general public.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Further amfori reading:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Epidemic Update: 26-02-2020

Recommendations following the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: 12-02-2020

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak FAQ

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak FAQ - Mandarin