FJATA members are active participants in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sector. The voluntary process is meant to ensure that working and manufacturing conditions at affiliated companies at home and abroad are safe and healthy. The consumer product manufacturing industries as a whole have taken responsibility for the people and environment in their supply chain. Tremendous progress has been made since the accusations against Nike in 1997 that really brought corporate responsibility to center stage.
FJATA applauds these initiatives and the people involved in defining and effecting necessary corrective measures. However, protocols have not been universally assigned, different laws exist in foreign countries, and sometimes even taking these voluntary steps cannot prevent negative attention. Furthermore, the costs in time and money are high, even though typically shared along the supply chain.
Regarding these realities, that the CSR process is cumbersome and expensive, FJATA has developed summaries of several initiatives that help their members make more effective use of resources allocated to CSR. These initiatives use a generalized audit format or an online data platform or a combination of both to streamline their CSR mission. The fashion jewelry and accessories industries have no such organization to assist them, and it may be time to develop one.