Mill Improvement Program / Bureau Veritas Solution
The Challenge: Controlling Quality, Cost and Social Conditions
The textile and apparel market is a very competitive industry where reducing production costs, improving product quality, reducing time to market and maximizing productivity are the keys to survival. Having good process and production controls and recognizing in-house test facilities at the mill level can go a long way to addressing many of these concerns.

As a retailer, brand or vendor, how can you improve the quality and safety of fabrics? How can you work with the mill to recognize their in-house performance testing platform, facilitating a reduction in third party testing costs?

As a mill, do you have good manufacturing practices? How can you manage more of the testing in-house? Do you have an appropriate social compliance management system?
Our Solution: Mill Improvement Program
Following requests from many of the worlds leading brands, retailers and apparel factories / mills, Bureau Veritas has developed our Mill Improvement Program to help manage and mitigate risks for apparel buyers, sellers, manufacturers and mills. Our solution assists the entire apparel and textile product supply chain in identifying, mitigating and managing risk at the earliest stage; helping to prevent poor quality, unsafe or non-compliant fabrics being shipped. Critically, our solution also facilitates mills with testing facilities to perform their own in-house performance testing and helps you demonstrate that your mill is in compliance with best practice labor laws.
Benefits
Brands/Retailers
  • Improve finished product quality (eg, color fastness) and reduced returns / shipment delays
  • Support your supply chain in improving working conditions while reducing the risk of negative publicity
  • Reduce time to market by enabling mills to perform in-house testing
  • Reduce cost in evaluating new mills
Supply Chain
  • Drive New Business - our web portal allows you to promote your commitment to quality, safety and social conditions to clients and prospects
  • Drive continuous improvement
  • Save cost by carrying out in-house testing accredited by Bureau Veritas
  • Solution available in all major fabric and apparel producing countries globally
  • Modules developed specifically for mills

Our Approach

Laboratory Endorsement & Assessment Program (LEAP)
  • For mills with their own in-house laboratory, this module provides the opportunity to perform testing in-house with reports that will be accepted by buyers (such as the brand / retailer), in lieu of the same provided by an approved independent testing facility.
  • Retailers and brands benefit from improved quality of finished product and a reduced time to market.
Quality Improvement (QI) / Process Controls
  • Our factory assessment focused quality improvement / process controls module has been designed based on the existing quality control programs used by global brands/retailers in the garment sector.
  • In addition to the assessment of the quality management system, factory environment, calibration and product risk control, our assessment also covers mill specific requirements such as spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing and printing. The end game is to drive greater process and quality controls that results in better quality finished textiles and garments.
Social Improvement (SI) / Working Conditionss
  • Designed to help demonstrate that a mills employees' working environment and employment conditions are in line with their customers Code of Conduct, the local labor law & related legislation and the industry best practices / requirements.

Contact Us

To request a quote or for further information, please send an email to cpsmip.gl@hk.bureauveritas.com.