PVH/Calvin Klein response to China Labor Watch Statement on arrest of labor activists in China
Global Brands Group, in its capacity as a PVH licensee, sources footwear from the Lide factory. All PVH licensees are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct, “A Shared Commitment,” which includes the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. To this point, PVH worked with all parties to encourage and ultimately conclude the mutually beneficial resolution of the labor dispute at Lide in 2014.
China Labor Watch brought the recent detention of activists that were involved in the Lide work to our attention in January 2016. While we have not received evidence of any connection between the current detention of activists and the 2014 labor dispute at Lide, PVH takes any instance of unfair detention related to human rights advocacy very seriously. Given the scale and seriousness of these issues, PVH believes working through multi-stakeholder organizations and government to be our best chance of positively influencing this troubling situation. To this end, PVH has spoken to an industry association, a multi-stakeholder forum, and civil society actors, including AFL-CIO and Maquila Solidarity Network, in an effort to mobilize industry action to address the above noted detention.