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The WFSGI Pledge, as part of the FIFA Quality Programme, is a tool to ensure that FIFA certified footballs and artificial turf are produced in compliance with the WFSGI Code of Conduct outlining internationally recognized labour standards. Since 1997 the sporting goods industry has actively worked with FIFA to eliminate child labour in Pakistan and India, and with the topic of social compliance gaining importance over the years, in 2012 this single point focus on child labour was shifted to a broader approach covering today’s internationally recognized labour standards and embracing global production of FIFA certified products.
Today, each company that wishes to sign a FIFA license agreement and become part of the FIFA Quality Programme together with their manufacturer must sign a Pledge form confirming that they are both in compliance with all the principles set forth in WFSGI Code of Conduct. In order to verify this, the FIFA licensee (applicant) has to provide the WFSGI with an audit report proving its supplier’s full compliance with the WFSGI Code of Conduct. The audit report must cover all the provisions stipulated in the Code of Conduct and must be issued by an internationally recognized third party auditing company.
A separate Pledge is required for each production place where FIFA certified products are manufactured, and every FIFA licensee must renew each Pledge annually. If the company fails to provide the WFSGI with the required documentation in due time or the supplier is not in compliance with WFSGI’s Code of Conduct, FIFA remains the right to withdraw their license.
To find out more about the Pledge application procedure, please download the "WFSGI Pledge requirements in brief"
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The WFSGI is in liaison with several Committees of CEN and ISO in order to represent the sporting goods industry in them. The WFSGI does also report back to its members in case of important updates in the international standards and regulations.
Liaison to CEN Committees:
- CEN TC 136 - Sports, Playground, Other recreational facilities & Equipment
- CEN TC 333 - Cycles
- WG 8 - Composite Materials used in Bicycles
Liaison to ISO Committees:
- ISO TC 31 - SC10 WG 16 - Cycle Tyres & Rims
- ISO TC 83 - Sports and Recreational Equipment
- ISO TC 137 Footwear sizing designations and marking systems
- ISO TC 149 - Cycles
- ISO TC 149 SC1 - Cycles & Major Sub-assemblies
- ISO TC 207 - Environmental management
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is opening up the Responsible Sport Initiative (RSI), a platform that helps sporting goods companies to efficiently implement unified corporate and social responsibility standards.
The RSI was launched last year at the initiative of bicycle companies in the WFSGI, and this year the federation is encouraging companies from other sectors of the sporting goods industry to take part. “We see huge potential for sports companies to work together, to sustainably promote and monitor corporate and social responsibility standards throughout the industry,” says Marc Magnus, trade and corporate responsibility manager at the WFSGI.
The RSI functions with a system of audit-sharing that makes it more practical and affordable for companies to thoroughly check the compliance of their suppliers. The audits are conducted by independent, third-party audit service providers approved by the RSI, working with standards that are aligned with the WFSGI Code of Conduct. Participants may administer their audits on the RSI platform, or request the WFSGI to take care of the administration.
The audit-sharing leans on Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), a platform created by a non-profit and membership-based software provider. FFC runs an online service where members may find audits of their suppliers conducted by other (unidentified) members. However, the RSI has created its own system within the FFC and it pro-actively creates links between companies that are planning audits at the same factories.
As Magnus explains, RSI requests participants to compile a list of their planned audits twice per year. It then conducts an overlap assessment and provides the participants with a list of their factories where other companies are considering audits. This allows the participants to re-evaluate their audit list, in order to take more advantage of shared initiatives.
The system developed efficiently with bicycle companies last year is that RSI appoints a “lead brand” for each of the shared audits. This lead brand is the factory’s contact for any corrective action plan. This lead brand is the factory’s contact for any corrective plan and it has an obligation to share the results of the corrective actions.
The audit costs are split equally between the companies that agreed to share the audit.
Exchanges on audit-sharing, the results of audits and corrective measures are all communicated on the RSI platform. Participants may also use the FFC as their in-house IT solution to manage their supply chain beyond the audit-sharing feature.
“The entire system helps companies to save money and human resources, and to reduce audit-fatigue among their suppliers,” said Erik van der Hout, Chair of the RSI Steering Committee and CSR Manager of the Accell Group. “For smaller companies that may not have their own corporate and social responsibility standards and teams in place, it may also help them to gain traction in this area.”
The RSI turned out to be efficient for bicycle companies because they share many suppliers and adopted a strongly collaborative approach. The broad support for the RSI in this sector provided increased leverage. The RSI could thus have the most significant impact in other parts of the sporting goods industry that operate with clusters of manufacturers working for the same brands, such as team sports ball production.
Participation does not require WFSGI membership and is open to any interested party.
Download the RSI Information Leaflet here.
For more information, please contact:
Marc-Ivar Magnus, email@example.com, +41 31 939 6061