Business Driven Sustainability
ELEVATE believes in sustained, impactful improvement in social and environmental performance creating a responsible balance between maximizing financial return and meeting supplier responsibility requirements.
Who we work with
ELEVATE social responsibility programs are customized to meet the unique characteristics of each retailer/brand's supply chain. Factory portfolios vary in terms of influence of the buyer, factory sophistication, country and category risk and financial and management capacity. ELEVATE can segment the portfolio and build a program from a blend of ELEVATE tools and services ranging from audit and e-learning to key performance indicator monitoring and in-depth capacity building. As a result, the ELEVATE layered program creates increased ROI.
One of the critical missing pieces in social compliance is supplier ownership. Too few suppliers have established proactive programs to drive social performance. Instead, they are forced to respond to poor audit results in a series of unplanned fire drills, wasting their own time and creating dissatisfaction amongst their customers. The Supplier Ownership Program helps suppliers develop a more intimate understanding of their factory portfolio and the potential return on their social compliance investment, while putting in motion a series of actions that will promote improvement. The result will be to differentiate the supplier from their competitors, while also reducing cost and/or increasing sales.
For those factories that are particularly important to a customer and have struggled to improve their social compliance audit results, a six or twelve month, deep-dive Factory Improvement Program can bring about major changes in performance. During a Factory Improvement engagement, ELEVATE will conduct a Business Review, develop a workplan with factory management aimed at addressing root cause business issues, introduce Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and visit the factory at least once a month to create an environment for continuous improvement and drive real change.
It is this blend of training, consulting and coaching that allows factories to reposition their businesses to meet the social and environmental requirements of US and European retailers and brands.
Helping factory management realize that workers are an asset and not a commodity is critical to improving workplace practices and communication. However, the workers must be given a voice and a means to have concerns addressed. Management will not be able to improve retention if they do not understand why workers leave. Combining training, surveys, worker-management dialogue, new technology and more, ELEVATE designs, develops and implements worker engagement and communication programs that drive impact.