Company Ranking12 out of
L Brands Inc. (L Brands), the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, the largest lingerie brand in the US, ranks 12th out of 37 companies and discloses more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes except Recruitment and Worker Voice. It maintained its 2018 score despite a strengthened methodology that makes it harder to achieve the same score. This is because it began disclosing a data point on its suppliers’ workforce, carrying out migrant worker risk assessments and policies, outcomes of its supplier selection process, and examples of remedy outcomes for workers. The company discloses having taken limited steps to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor. It states that it confirmed that none of its goods were produced in Xinjiang, and it ended a relationship with a cotton yarn supplier with ties to the region. It states that it mapped the first to third tiers of its “core supply chain” and that it did not identify sub-tier suppliers in or linked to the region. However, it does not disclose how it is addressing the alleged risks at the raw material level across commodities. L Brands has an opportunity to improve on the themes of Purchasing Practices, Recruitment, and Worker Voice.
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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||60 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||75 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||75 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||50 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||75 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||25 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||75 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||15 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||25 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||0 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||30 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||0 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||50 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||20 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||90 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||80 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||18.75 / 100|