We remain committed to advancing human rights and fair labor practices in our business. We work hard to ensure that the people who make our products are treated fairly and with respect. Our Employment Standards and Global Supplier Standards are guided by the broad principles advanced by the United Nations and the International Labour Organization. Both sets of standards, as well as our Code of Conduct and our values and ethics training program, help to ensure consistent and fair employment practices in our facilities worldwide.
To ensure compliance with our Employment Standards, we conduct periodic audits at our owned and operated RBIS facilities around the world. (We also conduct audits of our subcontractors’ facilities. See “Promoting human rights among our subcontractors” here.) We focus on our RBIS business because of the apparel industry’s history of issues with labor rights and human rights, particularly in countries with less rigorous laws. We prioritize facilities to be audited according to their risk profile, taking into account factors like past audit performance and the prevailing labor conditions in the country where the facility is located. The audits are conducted by a third-party workplace auditor. In 2015 and 2016, we conducted a total of 166 audits of our RBIS manufacturing sites.
Audits of our facilities cover 151 areas of compliance. Whether conducted by us or a third party, the objectives of every audit are to:
● Identify noncompliance with our policies.
● Identify best practices.
● Observe improvements on identified issues from previous audits.
● Rate facilities’ overall compliance levels.
In addition to audits, we also provide employee training to ensure managers and employees understand their rights and our expectations.