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As You Sow report rates US apparel companies' global supply chain compliance programmes - Levi Strauss, Wal-Mart rank top

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16 November 2010

Levi's, Wal-Mart, and Gap top apparel supply chain compliance survey

Author: As You Sow

Levi Strauss and Co., Wal-Mart Stores, The Gap Inc., Hanesbrands, Nordstrom, and Gildan Activewear scored highest on a unique survey of global supply chain compliance programs of U.S. apparel brands and retailers released today by corporate responsibility group As You Sow. "Towards a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs" features a scorecard and report that provides for the first publicly available comparable baseline data to evaluate the compliance programs of many of the top apparel companies doing business in the U.S. The project was designed to provide information on the substance and scope of programs developed to improve factory working conditions...

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1 November 2010

[PDF] Toward a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs

Author: As You Sow

The report provides detailed, analogous data on supplier standards compliance and initiatives in ten key areas: code of conduct, auditing, remediation, scorecard, preferred suppliers, continuous improvement, purchasing, collaboration, management accountability, and transparency... The survey was circulated to 33 of the largest apparel brands and retailers by market capitalization traded on U.S. bond and equity exchanges of which 15 companies responded. The report is based on company-supplied data. Five of the companies based their responses on their apparel business, the others based it on their entire supply chains and estimated what percentage of that was devoted to apparel...[companies rated: American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Columbia Sportswear, Gap, Gildan Activewear, Hanesbrands, J.C. Penney, Jones Apparel, Levi Strauss, Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom, Target, Under Armour, VF Corp, Wal-Mart]

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