Based on the study “Assessment and Analysis of Certification Requirements in Selected Export Sectors of Pakistan”, TRTA-II Programme in collaboration with Pakistan Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), conducted the “Certified Trainings of Consultants and Responsible Personnel of Enterprises of Selected Sectors” programme. Bureau Veritas Certifications (BVC) was awarded the contract to conduct these training courses during a period of three months, from January – March, 2016.
The expression of interest was advertised in the daily newspaper on November 17, 2015 and a wide number of applications were received. The candidates were shortlisted on the basis of qualification, experience, organization and relevancy to the training course in the current job.
Overall 10 courses had been selected while the training course on FSSC 22000 LA had to be conducted twice, as IRCA permits only 10 number of participants per session. Around 170 personnel were trained collectively in these courses.
The training course on “Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX)” was conducted from 18th to 19th January, 2016 at PRGMEA House in Lahore & twenty five shortlisted candidates participated in this course. The opening remarks were given by Mr. Rehmat Ullah Javed (Chairman SME National Committee, Fideration of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)) and the closing remarks were given by Mr. Sohail Afzal Sheikh (Chairman Pakistan Ready Made Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA))
SEDEX is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. SEDEX was founded by a group of UK retailers in 2004 with two main goals: to ease the burden on suppliers facing multiple audits, questionnaires and certifications, and to drive improvements in the ethical performance of global supply chains. The four key areas of SEDEX include: 1. Labour Standards 2. Health & Safety 3. The Environment 4. Business Ethics. As the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data, SEDEX is an effective supply chain management solution, helping companies to reduce risk, protect company reputation and improve supply chain practices.
At the end of this course the participants took an exam from Bureau Veritas Certifications (BVC) and received certificates of attendance. The participants who qualify the exam will be awarded certificates of achievement.