European Commission: Inviting applications for the funding theme- ‘Increasing Knowledge, Awareness, Transparency and Traceability for Responsible Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors’.

Funding brief: The programme covered by this call for proposals is 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.

It will cover decent work and sustainability agenda, promote knowledge and awareness on social and environmental conditions and support global advocacy.

It will also aim at improving transparency and traceability to tackle issues linked to subcontracting, informal work, or complex and multi-layered value chains, thereby contributing to application of due diligence principles and sustainability schemes.

The programme will contribute to strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration between governments, non-state actors including consumers’ groups and industry and business associations.

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 multi-stakeholder initiatives to support sustainable and responsible production.

Lot 1: Strengthening knowledge, awareness, and advocacy on social and environmental conditions in the cotton and garment value chains
 It will contribute to strengthen a common understanding and to improve knowledge of sustainable global value chains in the garment sector, in line with internationally agreed standards, principles and guidelines:
– International Labour Standards (ILS)
– Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)14
– Relevant multilateral environmental agreements
 It will also contribute to raise awareness of consumers and to translating awareness into more responsible buying behavior. It will also contribute to support all stakeholders already active in the area, in particular civil society organizations and trade unions to enhance their capacities for evidence-based global advocacy on social and environmental conditions, with a specific focus on labor standards.

Lot 2: Enhancing transparency and traceability in the cotton and garment value chains
 It will contribute to support businesses operating in the garment industry, including European industry in improving transparency and traceability systems within all stages of the value chains such as:
– understanding of value chains actors and social and environmental impact in the different tiers,
– identification of location and conditions of production.
 It will also contribute to enhance the effectiveness of sustainability schemes and the application of due diligence principles on labor and environmental standards including mitigation of risks.
 This could include scaling up the use of innovative advanced tracking through the use of new technologies, and voluntary verification/documentation systems. It will enhance businesses’ due diligence efforts, thus promoting responsible production, and better ensuring sustainability in the cotton/garment sector in terms of human rights, decent work and environment. It will enhance existing multi-stakeholder initiatives involving partners (brands, buyers, suppliers, etc) throughout the whole garment value chain.

Donor Name: European Commission
Funding name: Increasing Knowledge, Awareness, Transparency and Traceability for Responsible Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors

Reference no: EuropeAid/157515/DH/ACT/Multi

Deadline: 8th, February, 2018 at 16:00 (Brussels date and time)

Funding details link: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?ADSSChck=1513069964793&do=publi.detPUB&nbPubliList=15&page=1&searchtype=QS&orderby=upd&aoref=157515&orderbyad=Desc&userlanguage=en

Funding limit:
 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

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 12 months nor exceed 48 months.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
 be a legal person and
 be a specific type of organization such as: civil society organization, including non-governmental non-profit organizations, independent political foundations, community-based organizations, private sector entities, institutions, organizations, networks thereof at local, national, regional or international level, business associations, employers’ associations, workers’ association, consumers’ associations, social partners, academia, research institutes, media, multi-stakeholder 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 (Annex N), 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;
or
 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) (see Annex O) and

Demonstrate the following experience that will be assessed under section 1.2 of the full application evaluation grid (only for the Lead Applicant):
 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, and
 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)
 Lot 2
 at least 2 years of specialized 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/standardization and tracking systems on sustainability criteria and
 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.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● 
Apply: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect
 Daily allowance rates (per diem), available at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/about-procurement-contracts/procedures-and-practical-guide-prag/diems_en
 e-learning : https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/external/
 user manual for PROSPECT : https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect/external/
 Project cycle management guidelines: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-guidelines-vol-1_en
 The implementation of grant contracts – a users’ guide: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/companion/document.do?nodeNumber=19
 Financial toolkit: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/financial-management-toolkit-for-recipients-15112010_en.pdf

How to apply: The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be submitted online via PROSPECT https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prospect following the instructions given in the PROSPECT user manual.

If it is impossible for lead applicants to submit their concept note online via PROSPECT for technical reasons, they must send their proposal in a sealed envelope and attach the concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2). In particular, the lead applicant must send, in a sealed envelope as described below the following items:
 One original of the concept note. The signed declaration by the lead applicant (Annex A.1 section 2) must be printed and stapled separately and enclosed in the envelope
 
one additional copy in A4 size, bound.
 
An electronic version (CD-Rom or USB stick) of the items under point (a). The electronic file must contain exactly the same application as the paper version enclosed.

The envelope must bear the reference number and the title of the call for proposals, together with the lot number and title the full name and address of the lead applicant, and the words ‘Not to be opened before the opening session’.

Concept notes must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, private courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) to the address below. Where lead applicants send several concept notes (if allowed to do so by the guidelines of the call), each one must be sent separately:

European Commission, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, Unit B6 Finance, Contracts & Audit, Attn. Head of Unit L-41 03/110, Avenue du Bourget, 1, 1049 Brussels, Belgium, Tel : +32 2 2997916


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