Can fashion be fair? Yes!
Like many fashion brands, we don't own the factories where our clothes are made. But we want everyone involved in making our products to have a safe, fair and equal working environment. Our aim is to make sure our values are respected every step of the way, in every country and by every supplier. So, how do we do this?
Any supplier working with us must sign our Sustainability Commitment which is a set of standards regarding fair wages, good working conditions, animal welfare and much more. This is non-negotiable.
To ensure our suppliers live up to our agreement, we employ dedicated sustainability staff in our worldwide production offices who make regular visits and audits. We also provide training to workers and suppliers to help them work in a more sustainable way.
Although there are challenges in many countries in which we operate, our size makes it possible for us to actually make a difference. That's a great thing about being one of the big guys! By committing to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, supporting workers to earn a fair wage and by taking a clear stance against corruption, we want to lead the way towards a fair fashion future.
Here are some of our key initiatives
Our products are made by over 1200 suppliers around the world. Together, we're working to improve wage management systems, to make sure that everybody's individual skills are taken into account when deciding wages. Our work on factory level has also resulted in democratically elected worker representatives for over 1.1 million garment workers.
A ban on forced labour and child labour
We take a zero-tolerance approach to both forced labour and child labour. All suppliers working for us must sign and comply with our strict anti-forced-labour and anti-child-labour policies. In 2019, we identified 0 cases of child labour.
For us, it's quite simple. We believe all animals deserve a just treatment and shouldn't be objected to suffering. This is why we aim to only source animal-based materials from farms with good animal care, breeding and management. That's also why we don't perform animal tests on any of our beauty products, and why we're exploring ways to replace materials like wool, leather and down with more sustainable alternatives. Fur has been a big no-no from the very start.
Did you know?
We've been named one of the most ethical companies in the world by Ethisphere® nine times, something we're really proud of.