The ABVTEX Program is a Brazilian initiative aimed at promoting good labor practices and social responsibility in the textile and apparel industry. ABVTEX stands for "Brazilian Association of Textile Retailers" (Associação Brasileira do Varejo Têxtil) and was established in 2010.
The ABVTEX Program works to ensure that participating companies in the textile and apparel supply chain uphold high standards in terms of labor rights, occupational health and safety, and environmental sustainability. The program focuses on three main pillars:
Labor Rights: Participating companies commit to respecting and promoting labor rights, including fair wages, non-discrimination, freedom of association, and collective bargaining. The program aims to eradicate forced labor, child labor, and any other forms of labor exploitation.
Occupational Health and Safety: The program promotes a safe and healthy working environment by setting guidelines for workplace safety, risk prevention, and employee well-being. Participating companies are required to comply with local regulations and industry best practices in this regard.
Environmental Sustainability: The ABVTEX Program encourages sustainable practices within the textile and apparel industry. This includes reducing the environmental impact of production processes, managing waste and chemical substances responsibly, and promoting the efficient use of natural resources.
Participating companies undergo regular audits and assessments to ensure compliance with the program's standards. The ABVTEX Program collaborates with industry stakeholders, including retailers, manufacturers, and NGOs, to raise awareness and drive continuous improvement in the sector.
By participating in the ABVTEX Program, companies demonstrate their commitment to ethical and responsible business practices. Consumers can look for the ABVTEX seal on products to identify brands and retailers that prioritize social and environmental responsibility in their supply chains.