Mapping Our Global Supply Chain
As a manufacturer, we have more visibility and direct operational control over much of our supply chain. However, we also source from suppliers, covering some 450 facilities worldwide. We have published a complete list of all of our owned facilities, our direct suppliers and licensees since 2012. We are among the top third of apparel companies doing so. We believe transparency on where we source from helps us raise standards on quality, human rights and environmental impact.
For example, cotton produced in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan is known to be harvested by state-sponsored forced labor. We require that all our suppliers refrain from purchasing cotton directly from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan, or knowingly using yarn or textiles from vendors that source cotton from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan when manufacturing any of our products. In addition, we require our business partners to maintain records identifying the origin of the cotton used in the manufacturing of our products and to have those records available for audit.
Supply chain mapping — mapping our supply from our own supplier through their suppliers — is a key step in our work to safeguard our supply chain from any type of forced labor. We continue adjusting our strategy to increase our visibility based on risk assessments that help us determine where forced labor indicators are more prone to occur. We have an ambitious goal to work with our suppliers to map our supply chain all the way back to raw materials by 2025.