People-Centric


Enriching Lives for People and Communities

People are at the heart of what we do. Behind every garment or ball we sell is a person. We are committed to providing respectful and inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive.

Worldwide, around 161 million people work in the apparel industry. From cotton growing and yarn formation, to textile production and sewing, the steps to produce a garment are complex and can stretch across multiple countries. Much of this labor is completed in developing countries where local laws and governments may vary on their protection for workers’ rights.

We recognize the role we must play to respect workers’ rights and make this model more sustainable, both for our own workforce of over 29,000 people and for the more than 270,000 people who work for our suppliers across the globe. This starts with where we choose to do business and how we work with others — producers, manufacturers, brands, retailers, and consumers — to improve efforts across our global supply chain. Guided by our Code of Conduct, we hold ourselves and our partners accountable; we seek to continuously improve our approach to better address challenges and to enhance our programs to meet the needs of workers and their communities.

 

Our Priorities

  • Respectful Workplaces – Upholding human rights with our Code of Conduct. Providing safe, working environments and opportunities for learning and development.
  • Inclusive Workplaces – Developing a diverse and inclusive workplace, so all feel they belong.
  • Fair Compensation – Benchmarking global operations to develop a fair compensation strategy.
  • Threads of Change – Investing and serving in our local communities.

2019 Highlights


417

factory assessments with our Code of Conduct

91%

of corrective action plans completed in time frame

1M

hours of training for employees

  • Our Code of Conduct

    Our Code of Conduct sets out our high standard for business ethics, respect for human rights and environmental sustainability. Its development was guided by our corporate values and industry standards. The standards originate from the International Labor Organization Fundamental Conventions and the Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct. We use one policy across our owned facilities, sourced facilities, and licensees.

    To view the full Code of Conduct, click HERE.

  • Employment Relationship

     

    Terms and conditions of employment respect people.

  • Health & Safety

     

    Workplace environment enables employees to be trained and equipped to perform jobs safely.

  • No Child Labor

     

    Employment of individuals in violation of the local mandatory school age or under the applicable legal employment age is prohibited.

  • No Forced Labor

     

    All work is voluntary without restrictions to movement or personal belongings.

  • Harassment & Abuse

     

    Employees are treated with respect and dignity.

  • Non-Discrimination

     

    Employees are treated equally at every stage of employment.

  • Working Hours

     

    Regular and overtime hours are within legal limits.

  • Compensation

     

    Employees are entitled to the legal minimum wage for all hours worked and benefits required by law or agreed in contract.

  • Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining

     

    Employees have the right to freely associate and bargain for employment terms and conditions.