Company Ranking24 out of
Carter’s Inc. (Carter’s), North America’s largest branded marketer of children’s apparel,1 ranks 24th out of 37 companies and discloses less information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers. Compared to 2018, its rank decreased by five places. It has taken only limited steps to improve, namely, by disclosing additional detail on internal responsibility for the implementation of its supplier code of conduct. Due to a strengthened methodology, its score has decreased. It scores higher than average on the theme of Monitoring and lower than average across the remaining themes. Carter’s states that its products are not manufactured in Xinjiang and that it has “taken steps to ensure that [its] products do not include materials produced by entities that may use forced labor.” However, it does not disclose the steps it has taken to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor across its supply chain tiers. Carter’s is encouraged to improve on the themes of Recruitment, 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 labour from their supply chains. The themes are comprised of a total of 12 key indicators. For each indicator, a company can score a total of 100 points.
Commitment and Governance
|Commitment||100 / 100|
|Supplier Code of Conduct||70 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||45 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||0 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||12.5 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||25 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||12.5 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||50 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||0 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||0 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||25 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||15 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||0 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||10 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||70 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||70 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||25 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||0 / 100|