The SMART Social Compliance Academy™

The SMART Social Compliance Academy™ is SMART Myanmar’s most intensive program and the interest from buyers and manufacturers has steadily increased during 2016 and 2017. SMART’s target is to work with over 200 factories on rigorous compliance improvements.

Progress Update
SMART Myanmar ran 2 Academies in 2016 and will run 3 Academies in 2017, with an expected 8 factories per batch. The project has been running this successful program since 2015 and has now trained 31 garment factories using the Academy program method. During 2016 the project helped companies implement over 600 various types of compliance improvements related with fire safety, child labour prevention, remuneration, workplace communications, and various other topics.

What is all about?
The SMART Social Compliance AcademyTM take a systems-based approach, with root cause analysis & a continuous improvement approach as core philosophies of the program. The Academy involves two and half days of classroom training. The contents of the training are based on BSCI 2.0 (Business Social Compliance Initiative), MGMA’s Code of Conduct and Myanmar’s law requirements.

Following the classroom training days SMART’s technical team conducts comprehensive on-site assessments. These assessments involve a full document check, detailed on-site inspection, and extensive worker interviews. Following the assessment, SMART’s team provides the factory with a 20-25 page “Corrective Action Plan” in either Myanmar language or English (depending on factory preference). Over the following 3 months the SMART team conducts a further 2-3 follow-up assessments to advise, check and support improvements.

Once the factories complete the full 6 moth program, companies are invited to share their achievements & improvements, including their experiences and challenges to all participants plus other stakeholders of the industry.

About our compliance team
SMART is pleased to have the largest social compliance team in Myanmar. With 8 technical experts and one senior technical expert, SMART’s social compliance team is able to cater to a wide variety of company situations, from working on safety issues to environmental management to advising on best practices in manager/worker cooperation, SMART is able to adapt.