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PVH's response

Author: PVH, Published on: 10 May 2019

... PVH takes the allegations raised in the WRC report very seriously, noting, however, that some of the interviews are two years old and the Park and its practices have evolved since then. We have commenced the investigation we committed to undertake using a credible third party who receives administrative support from someone on our Global Supply Chain team. We hope to have the investigator’s findings the week of May 13th. We will take appropriate action if any violations are found.

PVH has actively worked... at the Hawassa Industrial Park to ensure construction to international fire and safety standards and to implement human rights and other initiatives that promote the safety and wellbeing of the workforce... We have a goal of paying all workers no less than a living wage and, to that end, were instrumental in ensuring that, even in the absence of a national or local minimum wage law, all Park employees are paid a minimum wage established by the tenant companies... We also note... support for housing, transportation, food, and other benefits (like on-site medical care) that are provided to the workers, and is necessary given the lack of infrastructure in the surrounding area, and increases significantly the value of the compensation packages...

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This is a response from the following companies: PVH (Phillips-Van Heusen)