Generic Labour Conditions Question 6
EN: Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy?
NL: Rapporteert het merk (bedrijf) jaarlijks over de resultaten van het beleid om arbeidsomstandigheden te verbeteren?
DE: Informiert der Markenhersteller jährlich über die Ergebnisse seiner Strategie zur Verbesserung der Arbeitsbedingungen in den Zulieferbetrieben?
Having a policy is one thing; implementing it is another thing. The size of the generated paperwork is not always the best indicator here. However, to get a notion of how serious a company is on its way to improving labor practices, there should at least be a description of the process and a report of the progress.
Please note that as a source for this article, we use the Global Reporting Initiative Apparel and Footwear Supplement directly available here. The guidelines can be applied to other labour intensive manufacturing sectors as well, such as electronics.
A good report on labour conditions monitoring should cover:
- an overview of the supply chain with the total number of direct suppliers
- the number of locations of workplaces covered by the policy or alternatively the percentage of production volume covered
- the supplier code of conduct
- a description of the audit process, grievance procedures, capacity building efforts
- the number of audits conducted and percentage of workplaces (or supply volume) audited (AF8)
- non-compliance findings (AF9 - AF14)
- remediation efforts and remediation strategies (AF15 - AF16)
A good practice is found with Jack Wolfskin, see the e.g. Supplier Social Report 2014, for detailed descriptions of audits and audit results.
A ‘Yes’ is applicable when:
- Brands give a clear and reasonable overview of their labor conditions policy and implementation.
- It should at least include the number and region of workplaces covered by the policy / Code of Conduct in relation to the total production volume. The production volume should also be broken down in terms of certified / audited / monitored percentage by collective initiative or certification system.
- For companies that have a Code of Conduct, but no links to the named collective initiatives or certification and monitoring schemes (see also Apparel & Footwear Question 5), the report should at least give a detailed description of the audit process, grievance procedures, capacity building efforts, non compliance findings and remediation efforts and strategies.
- NOTE: Organizations like Fair Wear Foundation often provide detailed audit reports for their members. If a brand mentions membership to such an organization please be sure to independently check that their scorecard/audit report is publicly available in order to reward a ´Yes´.
- All the brand products are made in ‘low risk’ countries, see the list as defined by Maplecroft.
- Eligble within the overview are also suppliers or supplied volumes that are certified according to external initiatives such as SA8000, GOTS or IVN certified.
A ‘?’ is applicable when:
- It's unclear if a brand meets the above guideline criteria, details about reasons for doubt should also be included.
- Information related to this question should not be older than 2,5 years (for example if it is now November 2011, the information should cover year 2009 or a later period).
- In the remark section please mention where exactly the statement was found.
- [Brand] has a publicly available audit report on the Fair Wear Foundation website.
- [Brand] publishes a detailed audit summary report with follow up actions.
- [Brand] explicitely says not to [audit factories / report on the auditing of supplying factories*].
- Although [Brand] gives detailed reports on the auditing of suppyling factories, it is unclear [what percentage of the total apparel manufacturers this represents / whether all sorts of supplying factories are being audited*].
- [Brand] does not publicly report outcomes or results of its policies to improve labor conditions at its [apparel manufacturers / supplying factories*].
-* 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.
- FLA - Accredited monitoring organizations 1
- World Bank - Worldwide Governance Indicators 1
- BSCI - Countries’ Risk Classification 1
- Know The Chain - Benchmarks in ICT industry 1