To obtain the VCS certification mark, the company undergoes a simple process under the step-by-step guidance of CIMAC'S qualified and accredited consultants, who help to set goals and implement targeted actions for achieving them, with the involvement of the supply chain where necessary. All this is made possible by a tool that measures, manages and improves the company's performance.

Key steps in improvement process measured by the tool

 

 

 

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Standard

VCS is based on international standards and guidelines for corporate social responsibility, due diligence, sustainable development, and improvement of environmental and social impact in company management, purchasing practices and the supply chain. Each of these international requirements has been integrated to form the VCS tool:

  • EU COMMISSION PEF INITIATIVE
  • FASHION PACT
  • FASHION INDUSTRY CHARTER FOR CLIMTE ACTION
  • GHG PROTOCOL
  • GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)
  • ISO26000
  • ISO9001
  • ISO45001
  • ISO14001
  • OECD Guidelines
  • SCIENCE BASED TARGETS
  • UNGPs (United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights)
  • UNITED NATIONS SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

Tool

Companies can measure, manage and improve their performance through a self-assessment and a tier-one assessment of significant suppliers.

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Areas of sustainability measured by the tool

Environment Environment
Animal welfare Animal welfare
Chemical management Chemical management
Community involvement Community involvement
Human Rights Human Rights
Governance and Improvement Governance and Improvement
Commercial and loyal practices Commercial and loyal practices
Labour practices Labour practices
Customer and consumer issues Customer and consumer issues
Traceability Traceability

Consultancy

VCS relies on a network of qualified and accredited CIMAC consultants who work alongside companies in the process of assessment and improvement in order to obtain certification, implementing the actions suggested by the tool.

Certification

VCS is a registered certification trademark owned by Assocalzaturifici, which promotes it internationally.

Obtaining the VCS certification mark at the end of the process is subject to passing a certification test conducted by ICEC – Quality Certification Institute for the Tannery Industry.

Certification is valid for three years and subject to an annual check that requirements continue to be met.