KnowTheChain - Apparel and footwear company disclosure

 

KnowTheChain - a partnership between Humanity United, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Sustainalytics, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Verité - benchmarks companies on their actions to address forced labour in their supply chains.

The first apparel and footwear benchmark has been released in October 2016. Benchmarks on the information and communications technology sector, and the food and beverages sector have also been released in 2016.

In 2018, KnowTheChain published the second round of the benchmarks.

Company engagement and disclosure

In 2016, KnowTheChain benchmarked 20 companies in the apparel and footwear sector. Ahead of benchmark publication, we had invited companies to response to a set of engagement questions that correspond to the benchmark methodology.

In 2018, we benchmarked 43 apparel and footwear companies. To reduce the reporting burden for companies, ahead of the 2018 benchmarks, we invited companies to respond to 2-3 questions to point us in the direction of relevant disclosure. We subsequently shared the initial research with companies and, where relevant, invited them to make additional disclosures available.

Company responses to the questions, as well as additional disclosure provided to the benchmark indicators, are made publicly available below.

Company name

2016 Disclosure

2018 Disclosure

adidas (Germany)

Responded *

 Responded, provided additional   disclosure and further information

Amazon.com (United States)

[Not included]

 Provided links to Supply Chain StandardsCalifornia Supply Chain Transparency Act Statement, and Modern Day Slavery Statement

Anta Sports Products (China)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided link to ESG Report

Asics Corporation (Japan)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Belle International Holdings (China)

No response

 [Not included]

Burberry Group (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Carter’s (United States)

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure and CSR Policy

Columbia Sportswear (United States)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Eclat Textile Corporation (Taiwan)

[Not included]

 Provided additional disclosure

Fast Retailing (China)

Responded *

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Foot Locker (United States)

[Not included]

 No response

Gap Inc. (United States)

Responded *

Responded and provided additional disclosure

Gildan Activewear (Canada)

Responded *

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Hanesbrands (United States)

Responded *

 Provided additional disclosure

Hennes & Mauritz (Sweden)

Responded *

 No response

Hermès (France)

[Not included]

 Provided CSR report 2016 and Registration Document 2017, and information on its business model

Hugo Boss (Germany)

Responded *

 Provided additional disclosure

Industria de Diseno Textil (Inditex) (Spain)

Responded

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Kering (France)

Responded *

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

L Brands (United States)

Responded

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Li & Fung (Hong Kong)

[Not included]

 No response

LPP Spolka Akcyjna (Poland)

[Not included]

 No response

Lululemon Athletica (Canada)

Responded

 Provided additional disclosure

LVMH Moët Hennessy (France)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided link to Annual Report

Michael Kors (United Kingdom)

[Not included]

 No response

Mr Price Group (South Africa)

[Not included]

 Responded

Nike (United States)

 [provided this link]

Provided link to sustainability page and provided additional disclosure

Page Industries (India)

[Not included]

 No response

Pou Chen Corporation (Taiwan)

[Not included]

 Provided link to CSR Report and FLA Accreditation Report

Prada (Italy)

 [provided link to CSR page, and link to code of ethics]

 No response

Primark (Associated British Foods) (United Kingdom)

Responded *

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Puma (Germany)

[Not included]

 Responded and provided link to Annual Report

PVH (United States)

Responded *

 Responded, provided additional disclosure and link to CSR Report

Ralph Lauren (United States)

Responded

 Provided links to CR Report  and supply chain standard, and additional disclosure

Salvatore Ferragamo (Italy)

[Not included]

 No response

Shenzhou International (China)

No response

 Provided additional disclosure and link to Annual Report

Shimamura (Japan)

[Not included]

 No response

Skechers U.S.A. (United States)

[Not included]

 No response

Under Armour (United States)

Responded

 No response

V.F. Corporation (United States)

Responded *

 Responded and provided additional disclosure

Walmart (United States)

[Not included]

 Responded**

Youngor Group (China)

[Not included]

 No response

Yue Yuen Industrial (Hong Kong)

[Not included]

Provided link to ESG Report 2016 and 2017

Zhejiang Semir Garment (China)

[Not included]

 No response

Human rights impacts (note this information is not included in the benchmark analysis): In addition to providing companies' responses to the disclosure questions, we also provide for users’ reference a link to the company section on Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s website. These company sections include news and reports about the company’s human rights impacts around the world, covering positive actions and instances of alleged misconduct as well as company responses to incidents (where they provided one). Please click on the company names listed on the left hand side under "Related companies". For further details on our model of change click here

** Note the 2018 benchmark includes information published as of June 2018, or through August 2018 where companies provided additional disclosure or links. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

* Note the 2016 benchmark included information published as of July 2016. Some companies have since published relevant information. For example:

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