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Update Information about the Jo-In Project in Turkey


 

New Project Manager to start fulltime in Istanbul from November

13 September 2006 – the Jo-In Steering Committee unanimously appointed Mike Murphy to the position of International Project Manager in the Turkey pilot project.  Mike brings to the post many years of international experience in sustainability issues and project management.  He comes to the project now from 7 years in South Africa, where he has worked on various multi-stakeholder projects, including facilitation of GRI sustainability reporting among South African companies, change-management processes in hospitals, and multi-country academic studies on patterns of investment in emerging economies’ industries.  Among his various posts in previous years, Mike spent six years working in a Brussels-based international network, responsible for enhancing industrial relations capacity in the energy and mining sectors in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Mike will be based in Istanbul from early November 2006.  He  spent the first two weeks of October in Istanbul and has already begun meeting with project participants.  Jo-In is delighted to welcome Mike Murphy to the project and looks forward to collaborating with him in Turkey.

 

 

Check Out Jo-In’s Website!
Updated regularly, it’s the source for all Jo-In documentation – available in Turkish and English.   

             www.jo-in.org

 


   

 

              Who is ‘local’ and who is         ‘international?’

Where  should Brands be repres-ented in JO-IN’s
emerging frame-
work of stakeholder represent-ation?

Are Brands Local or
International or both? 
What about Turkish suppliers who produce outside Turkey also?

(Some of the crucial questions
Arising from JO-IN’s
Ist  LWG.)

JO-IN

 

Jo-In Hosts First Training Seminars
Offers a more efficient model for sharing
MSI “tools”

18-20 July 2006Turkish trade unions, NGOs, business associations, factory management, and brand representatives assembled in Istanbul to participate in Jo-In’s training seminar.  Offered in Turkish to businesses in one day and to non-businesses over the course of two days, the training clarified similarities and differences among the six and reviewed various tools, such as complaints mechanisms, that can be accessed by local stakeholders in their efforts to improve workplace conditions. 

In developing the training, the six organizations in Jo-In sought a clearer, more efficient alternative to the practice of holding six separate trainings for stakeholders in countries where many or all of the six organizations work.  The Jo-In training materials can be used for local stakeholder training around the world and are available on the Jo-In website.    







Jo-In Takes Root in Turkey
Local Working Group Plans Its Approach

25 September 2006Turkish stakeholders came together for the first time to form Jo-In’s Local Working Group, whose purpose is to ensure local stakeholders are fully involved in the implementation of the JOIN Project.  At the meeting, local stakeholders – including suppliers, NGOs, trade unions and local representatives of participating brands – discussed the Working Group’s procedures and plan of work.  Discussions also focused on the Jo-In workplace assessments, due to begin in November, with participants identifying key questions needing clarification.   



    Jo-In Takes Root in Turkey
        Local Working Group Plans Its Approach


25 September 2006 – Turkish stakeholders came together for the first time to form Jo-In’s Local Working Group, whose purpose is to ensure local stakeholders are fully involved in the implementation of the JOIN Project.  At the meeting, local stakeholders – including suppliers, NGOs, trade unions and local representatives of participating brands – discussed the Working Group’s procedures and plan of work.  Discussions also focused on the Jo-In workplace assessments, due to begin in November, with participants identifying key questions needing clarification.   




JO-IN’s International Advisory Panel (IAP)


16 October 2006The process of inviting representatives of international bodies onto the IAP is continuing. Delays have occurred, relating to the busy schedules of targeted invitees, but solutions are being sought. The IAP will, once convened, focus on the international application of the learnings currently arising from the Pilot Project in Turkey.   Draft Terms of Reference for the IAP can be found on the JO-IN website.

Valuable suggestions on how the IAP should function have been raised by LWG stakeholders at their 25 September first plenary meeting, and these will be considered by the JO-IN Steering Committee in early November.



Jo-In assessors convene as project takes first steps in assessment process

18 August 2006 – Assessors assembled for a “calibration meeting”, which built upon the previous Jo-In assessor training, honing assessors’ expertise to carry out the Jo-In assessment process.  The six assessors who participated in the “calibration” exercises were joined for part of the workshop by four Jo-In brand representatives for discussions about common noncompliance challenges they encounter in their work. 

The calibration meeting also offered an opportunity for the assessment team to chart the approach and timing of assessments.  The assessment team will now begin to collect and scan information about previous audit results at the participating suppliers’ workplaces.

A complete summary of the Jo-In assessment protocol can be accessed on the Jo-In website.

Other background preparations are under way for the forthcoming ‘Assessment’ and ‘Remediation’ phases of the JOIN Project, which will be conducted by JOIN with expert support.  Building off already-completed online research conducted by JOIN, the goal is to further develop a broad understanding of garment factories and working conditions in Turkey more generally. 


 

Have Questions or Comments about Jo-In? If you are a member of one of the six organizations leading Jo-In, please contact your representative on the project Steering Committee.  Or email info@jo-in.org.

 

 

 

 

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