We partner with suppliers to build a sustainable value chain that improves workers’ well-being and our business performance.
We assess working conditions and human rights at over 95 percent of the factories — more than 800 facilities — that make our branded apparel at least once per year. We work with factories to fix issues that need to be resolved to meet the international standards in our Code of Vendor Conduct and Human Rights Policy. These often lead to corrective actions that improve working conditions and protect workers’ rights.
Our field team visits factories to meet with workers and managers and assess working conditions. Most team members are locally hired, live in the country or region where factories are located and speak the local language. They often get to know specific factories and workers well over a period of years and take a sincere interest in looking out for workers’ well-being.
The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Better Work (BW) program also audits and helps correct issues at factories that supply Gap Inc. in BW countries. Gap Inc. helped form the ILO’s Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) in 2001, which later expanded into the Better Work program. This partnership between the ILO and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeks to protect workers’ rights and well-being by helping governments and companies uphold the ILO’s core labor standards and national labor laws.
Despite our team’s best efforts, we still encounter issues that reoccur or take longer than they should to fix. We recognize the need to do better and work with our vendors to find lasting solutions. We are working hard to apply what we have learned and develop new approaches that lead to long-term improvements in workers’ well-being and factory performance.
Independent third-party review of human rights policies and practices in the factories where we make our clothes.
Consistent and comprehensive monitoring practices across the retail industry will help create long-term solutions to improve compliance with labor standards and laws.
Gap Inc. is engaged in several broad initiatives where we work with governments, workers and other stakeholders to improve working conditions across our supply chain. For example, our 2004 partnership with the International Labour Organization led to the development of the global Better Work program.
Gap Inc. & GE received highest Overall grades for responsible investment in Myanmar from leading evaluator.