EU Call for Proposals: Increasing Knowledge, Awareness, Transparency and Traceability for Responsible Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors

Deadline: 8 February 2018

The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals for its program “Increasing Knowledge, Awareness, Transparency and Traceability for Responsible Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors” as a part of the action entitled Promoting responsible value chains in the garment sector with a focus on Decent Work and Transparency/Traceability funded under the thematic programme Global Public Goods and Challenges of the Development Cooperation Instrument for the area of Human development, including decent work and social justice.

The programme will address labour rights in the garment sector taking a value chain approach, including the lower segments of chain, for a comprehensive action to promote labour and environmental standards and to reduce labour rights abuses.

Objectives

  • The global objective of this call for proposals is:
    • to improve working conditions, promote labour and environmental standards and reduce labour rights abuses in the cotton and garment sector value chains.
  • The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:
    • improving knowledge, awareness and advocacy on social and environmental conditions to promote responsible production and consumption
    • enhancing and up-scaling voluntary transparency and traceability schemes through existing multistakeholder initiatives to support sustainable and responsible production.

Program Lots

  • Strengthening knowledge, awareness, and advocacy on social and environmental conditions in the cotton and garment value chains
  • Enhancing transparency and traceability in the cotton and garment value chains

Funding Information

  • Lot 1
    • minimum amount: EUR 500 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1 500 000
  • Lot 2
    • minimum amount: EUR 500 000
    • maximum amount: EUR 1 000 000

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:

  • be a legal person and
  • be a specific type of organisation such as: civil society organisation, including nongovernmental non-profit organisations, independent political foundations, community-based organisations, private sector entities, institutions, organisations, networks thereof at local, national, regional or international level, business associations, employers’ associations, workers’ association, consumers’ associations, social partners, academia, research institutes, media, multistakeholder initiatives actives in the area of this call, and
  • be established in
    • a Member State of the European Union or
    • a non-EU country of the European Economic Area; or
    • an IPA II beneficiary country; or
    • a developing country or territory, included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA recipients, which is not member of the G20 group:
      • Least Developed Countries (LDCs);
      • Other Low Income Countries;
      • Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories;
      • Upper Middle Income Countries and Territories;
    • a G-20 member developing country only if they are also the (or one of the) beneficiaries of the action; or
    • an Overseas Country and Territory (OCTs) covered by Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union; or
    • a non EU Member State of the OECD only when contracts are implemented in a Least Developed Country (LDC) or in a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC); or
    • Countries that are not listed in the DAC list and that are beneficiaries to the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States of the one part, and the European Community and its Members States, of the other part, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000. These countries are eligible only if they are also the (or one of the) beneficiaries of the action
  • demonstrate the following experience (only for the Lead Applicant):
    • For Lot 1
      • at least 2 years’ experience in strengthening knowledge, awareness, and advocacy on social and environmental conditions in the cotton/garment value chains in partner countries (DCI countries) and/or in the European Union,
      • at least 2 years’ experience in lobbying and/or policy dialogue work towards partner countries (DCI countries) and/or European Institutions and/or elected representatives, related to the cotton/garment value chains; and
      • track record of awareness raising actions targeting consumers in at least two countries of the European Union related in particular to the cotton/garment value chain (mass market)
    • For Lot 2
      • at least 2 years of specialised expertise related to responsible value chain management in the cotton/garment sector, and
      • at least 2 years’ experience with private sector engagement to improve social and environmental standards in the cotton/garment value chains; and
      • track record of at least 2 years’ work on certification/standardisation and tracking systems on sustainability criteria
      • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

 

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