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Reference Projects

Reference Projects
Sustainable ‘Pakistan’ – Improving Social and Labour Standards in the Textile and Garment Sector of Pakistan, GIZ PK (Aug 2019 – ongoing)
  • ‘Sustainable Pakistan’ aims to improve labour and environmental standards in Pakistan’s textile, apparel, leather, footwear, and sporting goods industries.
  • CSI enables suppliers to align their compliance performance with the requirements of important consumer markets (e.g. EU, US), thereby attracting new business to Pakistan. With a transparent management system in place, manufacturing firms learn to manage compliance and strengthen their competitiveness.
  • Sustainable Pakistan is determined to improve the country’s reputation as a manufacturing hub. Suppliers are being developed to participate in international trade shows and increase their exposure to the international market.
  • The project is dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the fashion industry. Both buyers and suppliers will come to realise that advanced, transparent, and cost-efficient manufacturing can be aligned with compliance requirements.
Social and Environmental Compliance Handbook, World Bank (2017-2019)
  • CSI was assigned by the World Bank within the Export Competitiveness for Jobs (EC4J) project to produce two Compliance Handbooks: one for the leather and footwear industry, another for the plastics and light engineering industries (engineering works, electrical, electronics, batteries, bicycle, motorcycle)
  • The handbooks list general and industry-specific non-compliances in labour standards, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and environmental protection. They provide recommendations on how to close the compliance gaps and highlight the benefits that can be induced at the worker, company and societal level.
  • Detailed value chain analyses mapping the structures, processes and dynamics of the leather, footwear, plastics and light engineering industries give us a profound understanding of the key stakeholders and the challenges in the corresponding sectors.
Improvement of Social and Environmental Standards in Leather Production and Manufacturing Processes in Bangladesh, Picard Lederwaren GmbH & Co. KG (2012-2014)
  • CSI has engaged in several public-private partnership projects funded by the German Investment Corporation (DEG) within the develoPPP.de programme.
  • PICARD Lederwaren commissioned CSI to improve social and environmental compliance, placing emphasis on increasing resource efficiencies to reduce the environmental impact. As with other projects, we implemented a concept that was designed according to the customer’s individual needs.
  • A baseline assessment was carried out with key suppliers in Bangladesh to identify the current state of compliance and understand the factory’s performance level. Non-compliances were addressed with corrective and preventive actions. The interventions were measured to determine their effectiveness, thereby monitoring and evaluating progress.
  • The framework for training and education set up in collaboration with a local education partner, PICARD Bangladesh, and two tanneries had a positive impact on the entire leather industry in Bangladesh. At the factory level, trainings, workshops and seminars were provided to top management, middle managers and production workers to overcome shortcomings in compliance.