The Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) seminars in Botswana and Lesotho this week to help ensure that textile and apparel companies in both countries are prepared to meet the social compliance requirements crucial to US buyers and sourcing executives. The two-day seminars on the topic were addressed by the President of WRAP and included factory site visits
The seminars took place April 27 and 28 in Lesotho in cooperation with the Lesotho National Development Corporation and Lesotho Textiles Exporters Association, and on April 29 and 30 in Botswana in cooperation with the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre.
During the “Sourcing Southern Africa” booth exhibition sponsored by the Trade Hub at the MAGIC fashion trade show in Las Vegas in February, it was clear that the subject of social compliance is of extreme significance to buyers and sourcing executives. Factories must be compliant with international standards in terms of child labor and forced labor, health and safety regulations, prevention of harassment and abuse, safeguards against discrimination, hours of work, compensation, benefits, and freedom of association. The facility should also be committed to environmentally responsible business practices.