Most major Hong Kong garment companies not disclosing information on supply chain labour issues, says Oxfam

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6 December 2006

[PDF] Is Hong Kong fashion transparent enough?

Author: Stephen Frost, CSR Asia

Oxfam Hong Kong released a report that rated Hong Kong clothing brands (like Giordano, G2000, Esprit and others) on the types of information they provide publicly on workplace conditions in supply chains. As the principal researcher, I worked with OHK to collect the information and write the report. The results showed that Hong Kong clothing companies provide very little information to the public on supply chain issues. In fact, they rate well below their major competitors in the apparel sector...While five of the companies operating in the Canadian market achieved scores of more than 50 percent for transparency, only two of the Hong Kong companies received a score of 10 percent, and most received no marks at all. Four of the 16 companies surveyed are on the right path by publicly reporting on some aspects of workplace conditions in supply chains, but the remaining have even further to go.

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30 November 2006

Big names fall short in labor quiz [Hong Kong, China]

Author: Timothy Chui, Standard [Hong Kong, China]

Most major garment companies in Hong Kong refuse to disclose what labor standards they are adopting, including those concerning the hiring of child labor, according to the findings of Oxfam...Its survey on labor transparency covered 16 major Hong Kong clothing firms which operate in 34 countries, including such household names as Giordano, Esprit, G2000 and Goldlion...Oxfam director-general John Sayer expressed disappointment, [said]..."By not being transparent, companies risk their reputations and branding."...Among the companies which scored zero were Goldlion, Bossini, G2000 and Chickeeduck, while Esprit...had the highest score of 10...The study rated companies on the transparency of their supply chain and the availability of such information for consumers and investors...Points were awarded for how close the reporting efforts of the company were to international labor standards, including elimination of compulsory labor, freedom of association and collective bargaining, elimination of discrimination and the abolition of employment of children under 15.

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1 November 2006

[PDF] full report: "Transparency Report - How Hong Kong Garment Companies Can Improve Public Reporting of their Labour Standards"

Author: Oxfam Hong Kong

Each company was evaluated against a total of 19 criteria spread among five categories...governance and risk management, code of conduct, stakeholder engagement, management, auditing and reporting.
[16 garment companies surveyed (with total score out of 100 in brackets) were: Giordano International (10), Esprit Holdings Limited (10), PMTD Limited (4), Moiselle International Holdings (3), Texiwinca Holdings (0), Bossini International Holdings (0), Heroic Rendezvous (0), Young Grace International (0), I.T Limited (0), Veeko International Holdings (0), Lai Sun Garment (0), Goldlion Holdings (0), G2000 (Apparel) (0), Chickeeduck (0), U-Right International (0), Fashion Community Kitterick (0)]
[Scores of retailers and brands selling clothes in the Canadian market were: Levi Strauss & Co (71); Nike (69); Gap (68); Liz Claiborne (58); Mountain Equipment Cooperative (58); Hudson’s Bay Company (37); Wal-Mart (30); American Eagle Outfitters (29); Winners (29); Roots (24); La Senza (22); Mark’s Work Wearhouse (Canadian Tire) (21); Northern Group (5); Sears Canada (5). Companies that score 0 on all criteria: Forzani Group, Le Chateau, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reitmans, Boutique Jacob, Giant Tiger, Grafton-Fraser, Harry Rosen, International Clothiers, Tristan and America, YM.]
...One notable new development in April 2005 was that Nike disclosed the names and addresses of all factories producing items for the Nike brand. Since then, Levi Strauss & Co, Reebok, Puma and Timberland have followed suit by also disclosing their global supply chains.

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