Exporters in developing countries can now benefit from new guidelines prepared by the United Nations Industrial Development agency to help them set private standards for products such as garments, footwear and furniture and to improve access to global markets.
The guidebook, published by the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and entitled ‘Making Private Standards Work for You: A Guide to Private Standards in the Garments, Footwear and Furniture Sectors,’ outlines business values, norms, ethics, codes and principles which are considered crucial for promoting social development and environmental sustainability in global value chains.
According to some estimates, more than 1,000 codes of conduct and management systems exist, but most companies in developing countries lack information.
The Chairman of the Viet Nam Apparel and Textiles Association, Van Dao, welcomed the guidebook, saying it would “provide producers who are trying to enter into business with major buyers and retailers, with invaluable information on what is facing them. When trading with global buyers, on top of national, regional or international standards and technical regulations, a business now needs to comply with private standards as well.”