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Gildan Activewear 47/100

(TSX:GIL) 16 of 43 (2018)

Gildan Activewear Inc. (Gildan Activewear), a Canadian activewear manufacturer and distributor, owns a number of brands and also operates as a supplier to Nike and as a licensee of Under Armour. The company ranks 16th out of 43 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes except Traceability & Risk Assessment and Recruitment. Since 2016, the company has taken some additional steps to strengthen its performance and disclosure. In 2017, the company introduced mandatory onboarding training for its employees on its code of conduct, joined meetings of the Fair Labor Association and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment on the topic of forced labor, remediated an instance of subcontracting, and disclosed the number of workers interviewed during audits. Additional steps the company could take to address forced labor risks in its supply chains include strengthening its disclosure and practices on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment, Recruitment, and Worker Voice.

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47 /100

2018 Ranking: 16 of 43

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Gildan Activewear was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked ninth out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 16th out 43 companies. Since 2016, the company has taken some additional steps to strengthen its performance and disclosure, such as introducing mandatory onboarding training for its employees on its code of conduct, joining meetings of the Fair Labor Association and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment on the topic of forced labor, remediating an instance of subcontracting, and disclosing the number of workers interviewed during audits.

2016 BENCHMARK

47

The average score for the sector was 37/100 compared to 49/100 in 2016. The number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 43. Since 2016, the methodology has been strengthened, making it more difficult for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 49/100 to 56/100, which is significant given the changes to the methodology.

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2016

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Gildan Activewear was evaluated both in 2016, when it ranked ninth out of 20 companies, and in 2018, when it ranked 16th out 43 companies. Since 2016, the company has taken some additional steps to strengthen its performance and disclosure, such as introducing mandatory onboarding training for its employees on its code of conduct, joining meetings of the Fair Labor Association and the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment on the topic of forced labor, remediating an instance of subcontracting, and disclosing the number of workers interviewed during audits.

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2018

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The average score for the sector was 37/100 compared to 49/100 in 2016. The number of companies assessed in 2018 increased from 20 to 43. Since 2016, the methodology has been strengthened, making it more difficult for companies to achieve the same score. The 19 companies benchmarked in both 2016 and 2018 saw their average score increase from 49/100 to 56/100, which is significant given the changes to the methodology.

METHODOLOGY

THEME AND INDICATOR SCORE

The benchmark methodology has seven themes, selected to capture the key areas where companies need to take action to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. There are a total of 23 indicators across the seven themes. For each theme, a company can score a total of 100 points.

Commitment and Governance

This theme evaluates a company's commitment to addressing forced labor, whether it discloses supply chain standards, and to what extent it has management processes and board oversight, training programs, and engagement with stakeholders on forced labor in place.

OVERALL 82
INDICATORS
Commitment
100
Supply Chain Standards
60
Management and Accountability
100
Training
100
Stakeholder Engagement
50

Traceability and Risk Assessment

This theme measures the extent to which a company demonstrates an understanding of its suppliers and their workforce by disclosing relevant information (such as supplier names or sourcing countries) and assesses and discloses forced labor risks across its supply chains.

OVERALL 13
Traceability
0
Risk Assessment
25

Purchasing Practices

This theme assesses to what extent a company adopts responsible purchasing practices (such as providing price premiums and procurement incentives) and integrates supply chain standards into supplier selection and supplier contracts, and whether it cascades them down the supply chain.

OVERALL 50
Purchasing Practices
0
Supplier Selection
100
Integration into Supplier Contracts
50
Cascading Standards through the Supply Chain
50

Recruitment

This theme measures a company's approach to reducing the risk of exploitation of supply chain workers by recruitment agencies, eliminating workers' payment of fees during recruitment processes throughout its supply chains, and protecting the rights of migrant workers.

OVERALL 0
Recruitment Approach
0
Recruitment Fees
0
Monitoring and Ethical Recruitment
0
Migrant Worker Rights
0

Worker Voice

This theme measures the extent to which a company engages with workers in its supply chains, enables freedom of association, and ensures access to effective and trusted grievance mechanisms.

OVERALL 32
INDICATORS
Communication of Policies
75
Worker Voice
0
Freedom of Association
12.5
Grievance Mechanism
40

Monitoring

This theme evaluates a company's process for auditing suppliers, including whether audits include non-scheduled visits, review relevant documents such as wage slips or contracts, interview workers, and audit lower-tier suppliers and provide disclosure on the outcomes of supplier audits.

OVERALL 90
Auditing Process
80
Audit Disclosure
100

Remedy

This theme measures the extent to which a company has corrective action plans and processes for non-compliant suppliers and ensures remedy is provided to workers in its supply chains who are victims of forced labor. Publicly available allegations of forced labor in a company's supply chains that occurred in the past three years, and how a company has responded to and addressed those allegations, are also assessed as part of this theme.

OVERALL 63
Corrective Action Plans
100
Remedy Programs and Response to Allegations
25

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