To drive awareness and continued corporate action on the issue of forced labor in supply chains, this year KnowTheChain will be assessing corporate policies and practices across three sectors: information and communications technology (ICT), food & beverage, and apparel & footwear.
Our first benchmark report on the ICT sector will be published later this month. Today, we are announcing the names of the 20 companies we will be assessing in each remaining sector. The process to benchmark these companies will begin shortly, and the results will be published in the second half of 2016.
The companies listed below will be part of the food & beverage, and apparel & footwear sector benchmarks and were selected on the basis of their market capitalization, the extent to which they derive their revenues from corporate branded food and drinks products, or footwear and apparel products respectively.
|FOOD & BEVERAGE||APPAREL & FOOTWEAR|
|Archer Daniels Midland (United States)
Associated British Foods (United Kingdom)
ConAgra Foods (United States)
Coca-Cola (United States)
Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B de C.V (Mexico)
General Mills (United States)
Hershey (United States)
Kellogg (United States)
Kraft Heinz (United States)
Mead Johnson Nutrition (United States)
Mondelez International (United States)
Monster Beverage (United States)
PepsiCo (United States)
Tyson Foods (United States)
Unilever (United Kingdom)
Wilmar International (Singapore)
Belle International Holdings (HongKong)
Fast Retailing (Japan)
Gap (United States)
Gildan Activewear (Canada)
Hanesbrands (United States
Hennes & Mauritz (Sweden)
Hugo Boss AG (Germany)
Industria de Diseno Textil (Inditex) (Spain)
L Brands (United States)
Lululemon Athletica (Canada)
Nike (United States)
Primark (Associated British Foods) (United Kingdom)
PVH (United States)
Ralph Lauren (United States)
Shenzhou International Group Holdings (China)
Under Armour (United States)
V.F. Corporation (United States)
Each company has been invited to provide answers to a set of engagement questions about their policies and practices to address forced labor risks in their supply chains. The responses received will be made available on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre website. Information provided in these responses will be used to assess the companies against the methodology, along with existing material available on the companies’ websites.
Today, we are also publishing the methodology framework we developed to inform our benchmarking efforts for the food & beverage, and apparel & footwear sectors. Our methodology framework was developed by the KnowTheChain partners, through consultation with experts in civil society, industry, and responsible investment. The framework covers seven themes: commitment and governance, traceability and risk assessment, purchasing practices, recruitment, worker voice, monitoring, and remedy.