Ethical Sourcing of Apparel (E60PR-140001/A)
- Publishing status
- Days to closing
- 5 years 11 months ago
- Publication date
- Amendment date
- Date closing
- 2014/11/13 14:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST)
- Reference number
- Solicitation number
- Region of delivery
- Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, National Capital Region, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon
- Notice type
- Letter of Interest (LOI)/Request for Information (RFI)
- N8405: Outerwear
- N8410: Outerwear, Women's
- N8415: Clothing, Special Purpose
- N8420: Underwear and Nightwear, Men's
- N8425: Underwear and Nightwear, Women's
- N8440: Hosiery, Handwear and Clothing Accessories, Men's
- N8445: Hosiery, Handwear and Clothing Accessories, Women's
- N8450: Children's and Infant's Apparel and Accessories
- N8475: Specialized Flight Clothing and Accessories
- Trade agreement
- Tendering procedure
- All interested suppliers may submit a bid
- Competitive procurement strategy
- N/A - P&A/LOI Only
- Procurement entity
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- End user entity
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Contact name
- Doré, Catherine
- Contact phone
- (819) 956-1247 ( )
- Contact fax
- (819) 956-5454
- Contact address
11 Laurier St./ 11, rue Laurier 6A2, Place du Portage Gatineau, Québec K1A 0S5
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Trade Agreement: NONE Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid Attachment: None Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: Request for Information (RFI) on Ethical Sourcing of Apparel Purpose: The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek information from suppliers and industry associations on their current practices and approaches in regards to ethical manufacturers and sources of supply. The primary focus of this RFI is to receive input from the apparel industry, however, Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC) would welcome input from other industry sectors of commercial goods. Context: The federal government through Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC) purchases approximately $80M of apparel annually. This apparel includes uniforms and work wear for the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Parks Canada, Correctional Services Canada, and various other federal departments and agencies. In recent years, many other countries, jurisdictions and several provinces have adopted initiatives to support the ethical manufacturing and sourcing of apparel. The federal government is also very concerned about ethically responsible practices in the manufacturing of apparel. As of April 1, 2014, information on the country of origin for apparel procured by PWGSC on behalf of the Government of Canada for awarded contracts is published (on buyandsell.gc.ca), for greater transparency to the Canadian public. In addition, PWGSC has established a Task Force to undertake research on the ethical sourcing of apparel in other jurisdictions as well as the practices of apparel suppliers in Canada with offshore production. The input provided through the RFI will form part of this research and assist PWGSC in identifying potential options going forward. PWGSC may seek further engagement with industry prior to implementing changes to our current procurement practices. Questions: In order to help PWGSC in its research, suppliers and industry associations are being asked to respond to the following questions. 1. Has your company or organization adopted a convention/standard that promotes ethical manufacturing or sourcing of apparel or other commercial goods? · Yes or No · If yes, what does it cover (i.e. child labour, safe working conditions etc.) · What is the name of the convention/standard? Please provide a brief description. 2. Does your company or organization participate in a certification program for the ethical manufacturing or sourcing of apparel or other commercial goods? · Yes or No · If yes, provide the name of the certification and certifying body. · Explain what the certification covers. 3. Does your company currently have a sourcing policy requiring the company to undertake or source from ethically responsive subcontractors/manufacturers of apparel or other commercial goods? · Yes or No · If yes, please provide a copy of the policy or provide details on the policy in place. · What mechanisms do you have in place to ensure that your company (or manufacturers) complies with the policy? 4. Does your company sell products to customers who require you to have ethical manufacturing or sources of supply? · Yes or No · If yes, how is this requirement brought into the business arrangement or contract(s)? 5. What would you consider to be best practices in regards to the ethical sourcing of apparel or other commercial goods? 6. What would be the impact to your company, subcontractor(s) or manufacturer(s) of being required to have in place some type of certification or compliance program? 7. Would you have any concerns about PWGSC disclosing the name of the foreign manufacturer(s) and factories in addition to the country of origin (already disclosed) on PWGSC buy and sell web site? Answers must be submitted only to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Bid Receiving Unit by the date, time and place indicated on page 1 of the Letter of Interest. Should you have any questions, please contact: Catherine Doré Supply Team Leader, Clothing and Textile Division Public Works and Government Services Canada Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone number: 819-956-1247 Delivery Date: 28/10/2014 The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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