China: Kingmaker Footwear allegedly deceives workplace monitors, hides poor working conditions - supplies Clarks & Skechers

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Company response
7 September 2005

Response by Clarks: Global textiles union (ITGLWF) accuses Kingmaker Footwear of labour abuses & cover-up to mislead workplace monitors – supplies Clarks & Skechers.

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Article
6 September 2005

[DOC] Response of Clarks UK to concerns regarding labour conditions at Kingmaker Footwear's Zhuhai, China, Factory

Author: Clarks UK

We have already been in contact with China Labour Watch to tell them of our sourcing policy. We have a clear strategy for working with our shoe suppliers. We have had all of them audited by an independent auditing company "Bureau Veritas" ...When we have the audit we arrange to visit the supplier to discuss those areas where they are failing to meet our Code standards...

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Company response
31 August 2005

Response by Skechers: Global textiles union (ITGLWF) accuses Kingmaker Footwear of labour abuses & cover-up to mislead workplace monitors – supplies Clarks & Skechers.

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Article
31 August 2005

[DOC] Response of Skechers USA to concerns regarding labour conditions at Kingmaker Footwear’s Zhuhai, China, Factory

Author: Philip Paccione, Executive Vice-President & General Counsel, Skechers USA

...upon receipt of [recent] correspondence [alleging labour problems at Kingmaker footwear], we immediately requested independent third party audits of our contract manufacturers including Kingmaker. We have also asked certain manufacturers to answer allegations of illegal practices raised by China Labor Watch...If the third party audits reveal that any of our contract manufacturers are violating labor or other laws or diverges from those labor practices generally accepted as ethical in the United States, we intend to address such violations and/or deficiencies with those manufacturers. If they are unable to remedy violations of labor laws and deficiencies of labor practices to our satisfaction, we will re-evaluate our relationships with those manufacturers.

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Company response
30 August 2005

Response of Kingmaker Footwear to concerns regarding labour conditions at its Zhuhai, China, factory

Author: Phillip Kimmel, Marketing Director of Kingmaker Footwear

...Kingmaker is currently undergoing a complete restructuring, aimed at addressing working conditions in a timely and appropriate way. This will be accomplished by initiating an all encompassing "Kingmaker Code of Conduct" to be employed throughout our facilities. In addition, we have invited an independent, third party organization (Verite) to make a full assessment of our Zhuhai facilities in order to correctly address all relevant Code of Conduct topics. The results of this report will be made public.

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Article
9 August 2005

Footwear Supplier in China Creates Web of Deceit to Cover Up Labour Abuses

Author: International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF)

Footwear retailers Clarks and Skechers have been asked to address labour rights violations at a Taiwanese-owned footwear supplier [Kingmaker Footwear] in Guangdong in China which systematically hides its violations in ways that make corporate codes of conduct useless...International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation...General Secretary Neil Kearney [said]:..."Violations at the plant include excessive hours of work, abuses of laws on overtime pay, harassment and intimidation, intrusive body searches, lack of maternity protection, the failure to grant leave and holidays, and appalling health and safety conditions..."

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