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Membership Categories & Dues

 

BRANDS AND RETAILERS MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES:

FFC offers a two types of membership for our core FFC platform: Full Membership and Limited License Membership

FFC Full Membership

Limited License Membership (LLM)

  • For companies that need a comprehensive supplier compliance management system.
  • Unlimited system log-ins for all of a member’s internal staff and supply chain partners including licensees, agents, importers and suppliers
  • Includes FFC valued added services for SLCP. 
  • Dues are based on the total value of a member’s revenue or sourcing volume.
  • For companies that already have a compliance management system, but they want to utilize FFC’s solutions for collaboration or use FFC has a SLCP accredited host.
  • Cost-effective membership category allows limited license members to implement collaboration and SLCP gradually based on the benefits realized.
  • Dues based on the number of facilities. See chart below for amount.

BENEFITS OF FFC MEMBERSHIP

  • Search suppliers to identify where your facilities overlap with other members’ facilities to reveal opportunities for collaboration.
  • Identify suppliers that have completed the SLCP process.
  • Communicate with other members to explore collaboration –either directly or through a double blind communication system.
  • Use of two FFC unique solutions to map a member’s supplier code of conduct against a verified SLCP and automatically create a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for any facility conditions found to be in non-compliance. This can include member specific SLCP scoring. 
  • Conduct a joint audit and share reports on the FFC platform, and/or exchange Lead Brand responsibility for successive audits while sharing direct access to each set of results.   
  • Access information posted to the FFC “sharing platform” by other members about issues they are actively remediating in facilities.

VALUE ADDED SLCP SERVICES:

As FFC works with some of the world’s leading apparel brands, they have guided us to develop value added SCLP services to help them take full advantage of verified SLCP assessments. As a result, FFC has developed two innovative methods for members to map verified SLCP assessments against brand-specific supplier codes of conduct. This is an optional service, and since this optional mapping is brand-specific there is a one-time configuration cost for this work.

Both methods start out by having each FFC brand member apply “correct” responses to SLCP questions in their FFC master data.  A “correct” response is what a verified response should be to be consistent with the member’s facility code of conduct.  This provides the foundation for comparison with actual verified assessment results.  The questions in real SLCP assessments with verified responses that are different from the brand’s “correct responses” are non-compliances, or findings.  This list is maintained by downloading a spreadsheet, making changes, and uploading back to the member’s master data.  There are more settings available in the downloaded spreadsheet for managing findings and how they are organized.  Questions can be assigned compliance classifications (ZT, CI, MI), or to be ignored entirely for compliance purposes. There is also accommodation for grouping and ungrouping of parent/child questions and checkbox options, and there is facility for certain logical comparisons where they are needed.  After the SLCP Member Response sheet is uploaded, the data set contains all the instructions needed to process a SLCP verified self-assessment into a set of findings (corrective action plan) corresponding to the brand company’s code of conduct.

  • Method 1

    : The findings under Method 1 are expressed directly in the SLCP question set.  Question IDs are SLCP question keys.  Every grouped or ungrouped finding has its own CAP page for follow-up.  The response, verification, corrected response, and verification detail information are displayed.  The verification detail is also copied into the CAP Explanation field for convenient follow-up.  The FFC CAP Report, Assessment Report and offline alternative are all expressed as SLCP questions and responses with FFC corrective action fields.  The one-time fee for this method is usually $3,000 but could be a little more if the member has additional requirements.
  • Method 2:

    The findings under Method 2 are expressed as the questions in the brand company’s factory compliance questionnaire.  This requires the brand’s questionnaire to be uploaded to the FFC audit platform and that each question be assigned a unique Question ID.  There are two additional columns added to the SLCP Member Response sheet for Method 2, Brand Questionnaire and Question ID. This provides the mapping needed to express the non-compliances as brand questions. The non-compliance in finding is expressed as the brand’s question (code provision or principle) with the SLCP question key as a visible column. The response, verification, corrected response, and verification detail information are displayed on the CAP page of the brand’s question.  The verification detail is also copied into the CAP Explanation field for convenient follow-up.  The FFC CAP Report, Assessment Report and offline alternative are all expressed as brand questions and responses with FFC corrective action fields, with multiple SLCP question IDs converging into single brand questions exactly as the brand defined.  The one-time fee for this optional method of mapping is usually $6,000 for Limited License Members but could be a little more if the member has additional requirements.   For existing FFC members it would be less because the brand’s questionnaire is already built to the platform.
  • Overall SLCP scoring:

      In addition to the optional methods of creating CoC-based findings from verified SCLP assessments, FFC has already helped several brands create company-specific scoring and assessment grade assignment for both methods.  This is helpful so SLCP assessments can fit into a brand’s overall reporting or supplier risk management framework. Since this scoring work is brand-specific, it would be performed as one-time custom service, based on an approved statement of work.

FULL FFC MEMBERSHIP:

FFC has an annual fee structure for full members based on annual revenue of the company. “Revenues” are either a) the gross annual income of the business or b) the business's gross annual income from "private label" and / or "importer of record". FFC has a standard membership agreement each prospective member must sign prior to accessing the system.  Please contact information@fairfacilities.org to let us know you are interested in membership, or would like to review the membership agreement.

FFC offers tiered membership levels to ensure that our solutions are cost effective for companies of all sizes.

Annual dues:  Full FFC membership is based on annual company turnover, and includes access to all FFC features and modules including collaboration and SLCP. Limited license membership is based only on the number of facilities a Limited License member expects to work with in the coming year. That access can be to conduct or access verified SCLP assessments for specific facilities, or to collaborate and share information with other members on specific facilities. As FFC is an annual membership, there is no obligation for any member to continue their membership for an additional year.

One time Setup Fees:

  1. FFC assistance with one-time upload of factory and supplier list using FFC's bulk import utility, and 
  2. Participation in two “train-the-trainer” webinar programs for Member Designated Administrators on the set-up and use of the FFC Software.

 

LIMITED LICENSE MEMBERSHIP

LLM is a cost effective membership option for companies that wish to use a portion of the FFC system functionality to evaluate FFC prior to becoming full members, or to take advantage of specific FFC capability as a Social and Labour Convergence Program (SLCP) Accredited Host or to collaborate on the FFC platform with other FFC members that might source products from the same suppliers.

FFC has an annual fee structure for LLM members based on the number of facilities a company wishes to collaborate on or access SLCP assessments with. FFC has a standard membership agreement each prospective member must sign prior to accessing the system.  Please contact information@fairfacilities.org to let us know you are interested in membership, or would like to review the membership agreement.

If during the year a limited License member exceeds the number of facilities they signed up for, they will be invoiced automatically a prorated amount in the higher category in the month following when they exceeded the signed up number of suppliers. Or the member can contact FFC to sign up in a higher category at any time during the membership year


One time Startup fee: There is a one-time start-up fee to become a limited License member. This covers FFC having to establish the new member, create initial system log-ins and permissions and to help the new member upload supplier information. This fee is not repeated if a member signs up for a subsequent year.
Once in the system, limited License members can access all of FFC’s collaboration and SLCP services for the facilities that they have signed up for. This includes conducting or accessing verified SLCP’s and displaying and reporting on them.

Annual support hours: Each membership tier includes a number of account manager support hours to train members and to ensure they get the most out of FFC’s solutions. The included hours are provided over and above any of the code of conduct mapping or custom scoring services. Members may contract for additional support hours at any time at the rate of $75.00 an hour.

Moving to full FFC membership: Limited license members are able to move to full FFC membership at any time, or as part of their annual membership renewal. Just speak with your account manager and they will determine if there is any proration for license fees, and will assist the member on how they can take advantage of other FFC features and benefits. The setup fees paid as a limited license member will be deducted from the total setup fees of the category member moves into.

FFC MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES FOR FACILITIES

Facility response to FFC member findings:

Some FFC members might want suppliers to come directly into FFC to review and update corrective actions. A facility has a single log in to FFC regardless of how many FFC members they may work with. When the facility logs into FFC they choose the FFC member they are working with and the supplier’s screens will change dynamically to adopt the permissions each FFC has given them. There is no membership fees for

Facility wanting to use FFC as an SCLP host.

FFC does not charge facilities to use FFC as their accredited Host for SLCP work. Click here for our SLCP overview and training videos for facilities

Individual facilities, vendors and Factory Group Members

FFC does have a membership category for individual facilities, vendors and factory group members that help these organizations take ownership of their own compliance management.
Participants can establish their own code of conduct and use it to identify their own corrective actions across a single facility or across all of the work sites they may operate.
They can store and share their own documents with Buyers.
They can import corrective actions from buyer audits into one system and use FFC to track and report status.
Factory Group Members have the ability to perform compliance management over the factories within their group and can share that information with their buyers.

For more information of facility or factory group membership, please contact information@fairfacilities.org

ANTITRUST / ANTICOMPETITION GUIDELINES

The FFC has a business review letter from the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division. We work closely with antitrust counsel from Wiggin and Dana to ensure that members are informed and follow antitrust and anti-competition guidelines. This gives our members increased assurance when working collaboratively with potential competitors.