Respecting Human Rights

Respecting Human Rights Our top priority for the people who make our clothes

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.

Protecting Human Rights

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 limiting any contribution our purchasing practices may have on 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.

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