SAI and China National Textile & Apparel Council Sign Agreement

Beijing-based CNTAC and SAI will work to improve the implementation of sustainability in workplaces
Aug 29, 2011 4:00 PM ET
Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) August 29, 2011 - The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) and Social Accountability International (SAI) are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperative work.

Sharing the objectives of improving working conditions and promoting social dialogue in workplaces of the textile and apparel sector and beyond, the organizations have identified five areas of possible cooperation. They will start their cooperative activities by jointly convening and facilitating a meeting of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee in December 2011. This meeting builds on learnings from their previous one in 2010, and will be one of a series centering on the importance of building collaborative partnerships among participants-local and global companies, government, workers, social auditors and other stakeholders.  
CNTAC and SAI expect this MOU to facilitate cooperation with and among other partners of both organizations, and look forward to the engagement in this effort of additional social responsibility initiatives and standards.

About CNTAC: The China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) is the national federation of all textile related industries, and is a non-profit organization formed on a volunteer basis. The aim of CNTAC is to provide services in the modernization of China’s textile industry. CNTAC officially started its CSR work in 2005 and is the leading business association in China that has initiated and operated its own voluntary CSR systems (CSC9000T and CSR-GATEs) in line with international conventions and domestic legislations. The CSR work of CNTAC is also signified by its efforts in promoting a responsible supply chain. Since 2007, CNTAC has worked closely with BSCI to enhance coherence ad solidarity among voluntary CSR initiatives operating in China. Website:

About SAI: Social Accountability International (SAI) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established to advance the human rights of workers and the social responsibility of companies by promoting decent work conditions and labor rights through voluntary standards. SAI is among the world's leading supply chain management and CSR training organizations, and has provided training to over 20,000 people since its establishment in 1997. SAI developed one of the world's preeminent social standards— SA8000® a recognized benchmark among the voluntary codes and standards initiatives. Over 1.4 million workers are employed in over 2,600 SA8000® facilities in 62 countries, across 65 industrial sectors. In China, SAI has worked with Tchibo GmbH, GIZ, BSCI, and numerous companies, auditors and other stakeholders to help to sustainably improve working conditions. Website:


JoLeen Ong
Social Accountability International (SAI)
+212-6841414ext. 243
Zheng Jian
China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC)