Generic Labor Conditions Question 2

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Question

Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?

  • Dutch version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een lijst van fabrieken gepubliceerd die samen meer dan 90% van het inkoopvolume vertegenwoordigen?
  • German version: Hat der Markenhersteller eine Liste der direkten Zulieferer veröffentlicht die gemeinschaftlich mehr als 90% des Einkaufsvolumens beitragen?

Reference

One of the ultimate (and unusual) ways to boost transparency is to share the supplier list with other brands (as usual within most MSI’s) or even better, to put the list online. Brands like Nike, Nudie Jeans and H&M Group - but also in other industries - have done so, and that is why we endorse this gesture as a ‘best practice’.

  • Good practice examples by brands, respectively its owners

- Fashion company Just Brands (owner of Vanguard, PME Legend and Cast Iron) 1
- Levi's 1
- H&M Group 1
- Pentland Group 1
- Icebreaker (including grower stage) 1

Ranking Guidelines

You can reward a ‘Yes’ if the list is not older than 2,5 years and is most likely to cover more than 90% of the brand’s total final production stage, which typically is Tier 1 stage (see e.g. PUMA example below).


  • Good practice examples by brands in terms of specifying Tier stages in a supply / production chain:

- Fashion brand PUMA provided an exemplary presentation of its manufacturing activities by tier (see link, page 46) in its 2014 Annual Report, which goes as follow:

"- Tier 1: Manufacturing (e.g. Footwear, Apparel, Accessories),"
"- Tier 2: Outsourcing (e.g. Embroidery, Cutting, Printing),"
"- Tier 3: Processing (e.g. Dye Houses, Tanneries, Packaging),"
"- Tier 4: Raw materials (e.g. Cotton Fields, Cattle Farms, Rubber Plantations)."

Answering guidelines

Yes:

  • [Brand] has published a list of direct [and indirect suppliers*] that are likely to cover 90% of its total production, effective by [date].
  • [Brand] has published a list of all active direct [and indirect suppliers*] suppliers.
  • [Brand] has published a list which most likely covers 90% of the [Brand]'s total production.

No:

  • [Brand] explicitely says it does not publish the names and contact details of its suppliers (e.g. for competition reasons).

?:

  • [Brand] does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers.
  • [Brand] has published a list of direct [and indirect suppliers*]. However, it remains unclear whether this list covers at least 90% of [Brand]'s entire production volume, effective by [date].
  • [Brand] has published an overview of sourcing countries, but does not provide a significant list of direct suppliers.


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand.

Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]).

Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.