Company Ranking12 out of
Ralph Lauren Corp. (Ralph Lauren), one of the largest apparel companies in the world,1 ranks 12th out of 37 companies, disclosing more information on its forced labor policies and practices than its peers on all themes except Traceability & Risk Assessment. Ralph Lauren maintained its 2018 rank despite a strengthened methodology. It began disclosing training suppliers on its supplier code of conduct, strengthened migrant worker policies, and it offered an example of working with a union in Bangladesh to resolve grievances. Ralph Lauren discloses having taken limited steps to address the risks of alleged Uyghur forced labor, namely that it prohibits suppliers from sourcing cotton grown in the region and that it is working with suppliers and with the industry to identify solutions to trace cotton. However, it does not disclose how it addresses the alleged risks across its supply chain tiers and raw materials. KnowTheChain identified one additional allegation of indicators of forced labor in Ralph Lauren’s supply chains. It states that it required the supplier to complete a formal remediation program, including an assessment of root causes, worker interviews, and training. However, it does not disclose engagement with affected stakeholders or remedy outcomes for workers. Ralph Lauren has an opportunity to improve on the themes of Traceability & Risk Assessment, 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||90 / 100|
|Management and Accountability||75 / 100|
|Training||60 / 100|
|Stakeholder Engagement||25 / 100|
Traceability and Risk Assessment
|Traceability and Supply Chain Transparency||25 / 100|
|Risk Assessment||50 / 100|
|Purchasing Practices||37.5 / 100|
|Supplier Selection||75 / 100|
|Integration into Supplier Contracts||0 / 100|
|Recruitment Approach||30 / 100|
|Recruitment Fees||50 / 100|
|Monitoring and Responsible Recruitment||25 / 100|
|Rights of Workers in Vulnerable Conditions||45 / 100|
|Freedom of Association||25 / 100|
|Worker Engagement||37.5 / 100|
|Grievance Mechanism||30 / 100|
|Monitoring Process||90 / 100|
|Monitoring Disclosure||100 / 100|
|Corrective Action Plans||100 / 100|
|Remedy Programs||9.38 / 100|