Benchmarks

2016 Apparel & Footwear


An evaluation of Apparel and Footwear companies' efforts to protect workers in their supply chains from forced labor.

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Overall company ranking

KnowTheChain has benchmarked 20 apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to eradicate forced labor from their global supply chains. The companies were selected on the basis of their size (market cap) and the extent to which they derive revenues from corporate branded products.

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Key Findings

Recruitment

Action needed to protect workers during recruitment process.

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Worker Voice

Apparel companies taking little action to ensure workers have a voice throughout their supply chain.

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Remedy

Greater commitment needed by apparel companies to address and remediate abuses.

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The companies' average overall score across the benchmark methodology's seven themes, which were selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. There are a total of 22 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme a company can score a total of 100 points.

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The companies' average overall score across the benchmark methodology's seven themes, which were selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. There are a total of 22 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme a company can score a total of 100 points.

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Featured Report

Apparel & Footwear benchmark findings report

To drive awareness and continued corporate action on the issue of forced labor in supply chains, KnowTheChain has benchmarked 20 apparel and footwear companies on their corporate policies and practices to eradicate forced labor from their global supply chains.

The apparel and footwear industry is an at-risk sector. Forced labor occurs both in the production of raw materials and during the manufacturing stages, especially at lower-tier suppliers and in home-based or informal manufacturing. Following incidents of child labor and reports about sweatshop conditions since the 1990s, companies have taken action, but progress has been made, forced labor persists in the sector.

The companies were evaluated using a methodology with seven themes: commitment and governance; traceability and risk assessment; purchasing practices; recruitment; worker voice; monitoring; and remedy. Each company received a score out of 100 possible points.

The results show that apparel and footwear companies must do more to address forced labor throughout the supply chain, in particular complement monitoring systems with direct worker engagement and address exploitation of workers through recruitment agencies.