Respecting Human Rights

Our top priority for the people who make our clothes.

Garment worker

We are proud to support the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO’s core conventions. These principles form the foundation for our Human Rights Policy, which defines our approach and activities to respect human rights and prohibit human rights abuses.

We feel a deep commitment to ensuring that the people who make our clothes work in safe, fair conditions and are treated with dignity and respect.

Our Code of Vendor Conduct (COVC)—which lays out our standards for labor, working conditions, management systems and environmental management—forms the core of our commitment to ensuring our vendors respect the human rights of the people who make our branded apparel. 

Our Supplier Sustainability team is composed of individuals from the regions in which they work. We believe that local staff are more effective at understanding workers’ needs, take greater responsibility for enforcing our standards—particularly on issues that can be difficult to detect—and help us ensure compliance with our COVC.

We use an integrated scorecard within our sourcing department to measure our suppliers’ performance. We believe that further integrating sustainability into our sourcing practices will play a key role in improving social and labor performance, and we are also improving our purchasing practices to reduce issues such as excessive overtime. 

In addition to our policies, we recognize that transparency has become a core expectation of global companies. Twice a year, we publish our approved list of facilities, which includes cut-and-sew facilities, embroideries and laundries. Our Supplier Sustainability team monitors each of the facilities disclosed on our list, and publishes detailed data on our assessments, findings and resolution processes here.

Our statement on cotton sourcing may be found here

The sections that follow describe our policies and approaches to ensuring respect for human rights.

THE SHORT STORY 
HUMAN RIGHTS 

  • Garment industry jobs help many people build a better life, but some regions suffer from a lack of infrastructure or rule of law.
  • We support the principles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO’s core conventions, and we are signatories to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
  • Our Human Rights Policy, Code of Vendor Conduct (COVC) and other policies outline our high expectations on social and human rights issues in our industry.

Child Labor and Young Workers >

Creating – and enforcing – strict protections

Discrimination and Harassment >

Requiring the fair and equal treatment of workers

Wages & Benefits >

Paying people fully for their work

Fire, Building and Electrical Safety >

Implementing rigorous practices and protections

Grievance Mechanisms >

Enabling people to advocate for their rights

Short-Term Contracts >

Enforcing proper employment contracts

Human Trafficking and Forced Labor >

Ensuring people have free choice over work

Working Hours >

Establishing clear and reasonable standards

Humane Treatment >

Creating a safe, respectful work environment

Freedom of Association >

Supporting workers in having a voice

Foreign Contract Workers and Recruitment >

Protecting foreign workers

Unauthorized Subcontracting >

Prohibiting Unauthorized Subcontracting