Company Ranking16 out of
Asics Corp. (Asics), one of the largest global sports brands, ranks 16th out of 37 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers. Compared to 2018, Asics improved its score by eight points. It began disclosing working with stakeholders to address issues relating to migrant workers in high-risk countries, setting up a grievance mechanism, strengthening its policies for migrant workers, data points on its suppliers’ workforce, and including a limited number of second-tier suppliers on its supplier list. It scores higher than average on the themes of Commitment & Governance, Traceability & Risk Assessment, Recruitment, and Worker Voice and lower than average on the remaining themes. Asics previously disclosed a statement on alleged Uyghur forced labor but this is no longer available, and it does not disclose the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor across its supply chain tiers. KnowTheChain identified one additional allegation of indicators of forced labor in its supply chains. Asics discloses working with other brands to ensure that recruitment fees were repaid to workers. However, it neither discloses engagement with affected stakeholders nor evidence that the remedy is satisfactory to the victims. Asics has an opportunity to improve on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Worker Voice, and Remedy.
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THEME & 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 22 indicators accross the seven themes. For each themes, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||80 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||50 / 100|
|Training||75 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||50 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||75 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||50 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||25 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||50 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||100 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||50 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||45 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||25 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||75 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||40 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||70 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||30 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||50 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||12.5 / 100|