Our commitment to human rights and fair labor practices doesn’t end at our property line. We expect our subcontractors and suppliers to adhere to our Global Supplier Standards, which govern safety, working conditions, wages and more.
Our RBIS business operates a thorough oversight program for the subcontractors to whom it often outsources production of clothing labels, tags and other finished goods. Through the program, we provide subcontractors with information and training to help them understand and comply with our standards. Third-party auditors then visit subcontractor facilities on our behalf. They inspect living conditions in employee dormitories, wages and working hours, employee insurance coverage, fire safety and more. We promptly suspend business with suppliers found to be noncompliant with certain criteria, such as child labor and fire safety. When suppliers are found to be noncompliant in other less critical areas, we work with them to help bring them into compliance. We believe working with key partners on improving their compliance is the most effective way to create change in our industry.
Since 2014, RBIS has audited 196 of its subcontractors, which account for 95 percent of the RBIS’s subcontractor spending.
In 2016, RBIS conducted a baseline assessment of its social compliance program, comparing it to those of peer companies. The analysis revealed that the RBIS program leads in its industry in terms of both depth and frequency of audits.