Call for proposals in transparency in Brazil

by C&A Foundation Brazil on Feb 09, 2018

The Brazilian office of C&A Foundation, Instituto C&A, is launching a new call for proposals to find innovative initiatives to use information and data to bring about systematic changes in working conditions in the fashion industry in Brazil. 

As consumers become increasingly aware of the conditions in which fashion is made, the demands for greater transparency has increased.  A growing number of brands and industry groups have begun to publicly disclose information such as the names and locations of suppliers they work with, working conditions, safety information and more.

“We are looking for innovative ways to improve working conditions in the fashion industry in Brazil. Transparency can contribute a great deal by disseminating reliable and publicly accessible information and by encouraging accountability, making working conditions a priority in the sector,” says Giuliana Ortega, Executive Director of the Brazilian C&A Foundation, Instituto C&A. 

Transparency will only contribute to improving working conditions when publicly disclosed information is used to encourage accountability. With access to relevant data and information, stakeholders at each stage of the value chain can prioritise choices that will improve conditions for garment workers. 

The call for proposals

The initial budget available for this call for proposals is approximately USD 400,000 (BRL 1.3 million)  – a maximum of about USD 180,000 (BRL 600,000) for each proposal – and up to three proposals will be chosen. To address transparency in the fashion industry supply chain, the initiatives presented should:

  • Develop or implement projects that disseminate public, accurate and credible sources of information and data on issues that directly or indirectly affect working conditions; 
  • Disseminate information or data strategically, helping key players make decisions and implement actions that promote positive changes in practices, policies and behaviours that affect working conditions;
  • Bring about changes that have the potential to be systemic, impacting the industry rather than just impacting a factor or brand (unless it is proven that a change to a single factory or brand would have such an impact that the entire industry would follow suit, leading to a structural change).

Proposals can come from international organisations, but the initiatives must work in the Brazilian fashion industry.  The grant will be managed by the foundation's Brazilian office.

The proposals can be drafted in Portuguese or English and sent by e-mail to instituto@institutocea.org.br until 11 March 2018, with the subject line “Proposta Edital Transparência 2018”.  

Click here to download the full call for proposals.