Supply Chain Traceability and Transparency
VF discloses traceability mapping data that included the end-to-end supply chains of more than 50 products. The data included the names and addresses of its third- and fourth-tier suppliers, including wool processors, slaughterhouses, and yarn suppliers. The company also disclosed the sourcing countries of rubber, wool, and cotton. In addition, VF disclosed a downloadable Excel sheet of its first-tier suppliers and their subcontractors, including the number of workers and the gender ratio, and 70% of its second-tier facilities by spend.
Primark discloses that it carries out country risk assessments that include an analysis of forced labor risks. Primark also notes that it engages stakeholders to better understand the forced labor risks in its supply chains and that workers are a key part of its risk analysis. As such, it discloses that it has designed a participatory tool to obtain direct feedback from workers and hear about potential indicators of forced labor. The company also outlines the specific risks it has identified in the different tiers of its supply chains.