Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of a five-day look into one of WRAP’s most exciting training courses, taught by our Vice President of Training and Education Stuart Webster to third-year honors students in the Fashion Management degree program at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). AMFI students will learn the ins-and-outs of factory certification, social compliance practices and challenges, and the role of audits and WRAP certification in the apparel and fashion industry.
On the fourth day of the social compliance and auditor training course, students journeyed to a shoe factory in the make-believe land of GooBaBa to conduct an audit and day-long factory tour, complete with opening and closing meetings, group and individual interviews, factory details and procedures.
Prior to their journey and factory tour, Webster prepped the students for their tour and the final exam, which will be given on the last day of the course.
Then, Webster went on to discuss indicators of factory non-conformities and audit preparation for the students’ trip to GooBaBa, briefing the students on pre-audit questionnaires, GooBaBan labor law, opening and closing meetings, and more.
Arriving in GooBaBa, students hosted an opening meeting at the shoe factory with manager Marco Miz and Health and Safety Manager Hilda Hiz
Then, on to the factory tour, led by Marco Miz, in which Webster toured students through security check-in points, factory floors, cafeterias, equipment— including management, security and workers—equipment, and more.
Throughout the process, students asked in-depth questions on the details and procedures in the factory, and spotted nonconformities on the factory tour.
Then, students inspected relevant documentation such as wage cards, employee contracts, factory policies and procedures, relevant labor laws and more.
Continuing on their factory audit, students interviewed GooBaBan laborers in the factory, investigating for possible issues of child or forced labor, coercion, harassment, and wage issues. Most importantly, students were careful to check for discrepancies between information provided by the management and information provided by workers.
The course runs this week—January 30 to February 3, 2012. Throughout the session, WRAP will feature live updates from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute on Twitter, Facebook and the WRAP blog. For tweets on the subject, look for the hashtag #WRAPatAMFI.
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