2018, VOL. 4 ISSUE 2, PART C
A compliant readymade garment factory is a key requirement for most of the reputed global garments buyers. Compliance means to comply with something or yield to the wishes of another. Compliance ensures all labour rights and facilities according to the buyer code of conduct and the aim of compliance is to strictly maintain the labour law.
In the last decade there has been an increased demand for compliances in the export sector to meet the parameters of the international buyers. This has given rise to adherence to compliance starting from labour laws and now towards working conditions, health and safety, wages and benefits along with the environmental compliances. Consumers, governments and communities alike are concerned with how the manufacturing of consumer products impacts the environment. Considering the current scenario of increased awareness of environment safety it becomes important to adhere to the environment specific compliance issues. Compliance issues pertaining to people are termed as social compliances which includes labour laws, wages and benefits and workplace health and safety, whereas those compliances that govern the processes in a garment industry refers to the environmental compliances and quality assurance. Legal compliance is a part of all the areas of compliance whether it is social, environmental or quality compliance. Mandatory compliances are the ones which are essential for a manufacturer to conform to for being a compliant unit. Whereas, non-mandatory compliance issues are the benefits which a unit can avail from various government policies or in form of incentives.
In the current setup of the readymade garment industry compliance issues have gained a lot of momentum in the functioning of this sector. The overall product quality is judged on parameters that concern the intrinsic value of quality as well as the practices that govern production, use of materials, and disposal of wastes, issues of labour laws and safety and eco consciousness. Quality marks in the near future will also entail codes of conduct for manufacturer to judge the value of any product.