Vans

Scope & Status of Rating

Scope
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Rating applies to these products/ lines:All
Rating based on assessment of:Timberland 2015
Industries: Apparel, Sports Equipment

Status
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Date Rating Published:18/3/15
Company Response:Reviewed by Company
Score improved in last 12 months?No

Grade Summary

Grade Breakdown

B+OverallB+PoliciesA-TransparencyA-MonitoringCWorker Rights

Raw Score Percentages (not scaled)
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Policies78%
Code of Conduct91%
Policies58%
Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Calculated Risk LevelHIGHMEDIUMHIGH
Transparency & Traceability83%31%8%
Monitoring & Training68%51%10%
Monitoring67%50%9%
Training75%56%13%
Worker Rights9%3%0%
Wages & Sourcing1%1%0%
Co-Operatives0%0%0%
Unions75%0%0%
Grievance Mechanisms20%15%0%
Child & Forced Labor Remediation30%23%5%

Scorecard

Policies
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Code of Conduct

Does the brand have a Code of Conduct for suppliers ("Code") that addresses labor standards? Yes
Link to Code

VF Corporation Global Compliance Principles - http://www.vfc.com/corporate-responsibility/social/global-compliance/terms-of-engagement

Code includes elimination of child labor? Yes
Code includes abolition of forced and compulsory labor? Yes
Code includes freedom of association? Yes
Code includes rights to collective bargaining? Yes
Code prohibits discrimation on the basis of personal attributes, tenants or affiliations? Yes
Code prohibits the use of regular and excessive overtime? Yes
Links/ Info:

"Principle 5 - Hours of Work: VF Authorized Facilities must ensure employees' hours worked shall not, on a regularly scheduled basis, exceed the lesser of (a) the legal limitations on regular and overtime hours in the jurisdiction in which they manufacture or (b) 60 hours per week including overtime (except in extraordinary business circumstances). Employees must be informed at the time of hiring if mandatory overtime is a condition of employment. All employees will be entitled to at least one day off in every seven-day period."

Are suppliers required to ensure freedom of movement for employees and their right to enter and leave employment willingly and voluntarily (For example, are suppliers prohibited from withholding employee identity documents, including passports)? Partial
Links/Info

"Principle 3 - Forced Labor: VF Authorized Facilities will not use involuntary or forced labor - indentured, bonded or otherwise."
"Principle 14 - Worker Residence (Dormitory): Dormitories of VF Authorized Facilities must provide a clean, safe, and healthy residence environment. The dormitory design must provide adequate privacy, security, and freedom of movement for all occupants"

Are suppliers prohibited from using recruitment fees? Partial
Links/Info:

"Principle 3 - Forced Labor: VF Authorized Facilities will not use involuntary or forced labor - indentured, bonded or otherwise."

Does the Code apply to multiple levels of the supply chain including the raw materials level? Yes
Is the Code included in supplier contracts? Yes
Links/ Info:

"These Compliance Principles apply to all facilities that produce goods for VF Corporation, or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, or affiliates, including facilities owned and operated by VF and its contractors, agents and suppliers"
"In order to become a VF Authorized Facility – a facility that is approved to produce VF products – the supplier to VF or our licensees must sign and abide by our Terms of Engagement document, indicating their acceptance of both the Global Compliance Principles and the detailed Factory Compliance Guidelines." - http://sustainability.vfc.com/people/worker-wel...

Policies

Does the brand have a policy of non-interference toward trade unions and worker organizing? Partial
Links/Info:

"In order to inform workers on their right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, VF Corporation provides every factory with an explanatory poster (50x70cm) which is translated into the languages of the workers’ nationalities and displayed on the bulletin board."  VF CORPORATION SUBMISSION p. 2 (disclosed to BWAA)

Does brand participate in any multi-stakeholder initiative (MSI)? Yes
Name of MSI(s)/Info:

We partner with Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) to certify our owned manufacturing and supplement our sourced manufacturing facilities. In order to further ensure responsibility within our supply chain, we work with groups like the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Social Accountability International (SAI), Better Work Nicaragua, Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM). We also collaborate extensively with the Fair Factories Clearing House (FFC) database.

Has the brand taken steps to use responsible purchasing practices? (This does not include auditing improvements; it refers to managing sampling, order timelines or prices to enable factories to provide decent working conditions.) No
Describe program and goals:
Does brand have a policy that addresses subcontracting in the supply chain (including homework where applicable)? (Policy must include either a plan to prevent subcontracting or else a plan to ensure Code standards are met in subcontracting arrangments). Yes
Describe policy briefly:

Principle 11 - Subcontracting: VF Authorized Facilities will not utilize subcontractors in the manufacturing of VF products or components without VF's written approval and only after the subcontractor has agreed to comply with the Terms of Engagement, including these Global Compliance Principles.

Additional info on Code & Policies:

Transparency & Traceability
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
In the following levels of the supply chain, select one key production process that the brand has traced or has begun to trace: (Traced= brand has a direct knowledge of some suppliers or countries of production.)
Cut Make Trim (CMT)
Other
Other
Specify:

Embroidery, Screen Printing & Laundry Facilities

knit and woven fabrics, tanneries

Approximately how many suppliers produce for the brand in total, including subcontractors and untraced producers (if known)? 100-499 100-499 Unknown or Non-public
Approximately how many suppliers has the brand traced? Traced = brand has a direct knowledge of a supplier including name and location. 100-499 10-99 Some portion: See notes
Links/info on the above:

http://responsibility.timberland.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Q3-2014-Factory-List.pdf

Is the brand involved in a tracing project to identifiy the location of unknown producers? N/A No Yes
Links / Info on the above:

"we are asking our vendors
and licensees to make their best efforts to trace their cotton sources and ensure that
Uzbek cotton is not used in any VF product." 

Is there a public list of countries in which suppiers are located? Yes Partial No
Location / Link:

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/report-archive/

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/report-archive/

List top five countries in which production takes place. Or, if top five is confidential information: List the five countries with the highest risk of child or forced labor according to the DOL List and the GTIP Trafficking in Persons Report. Bangladesh, China, India, United States, Vietnam China, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand No disclosure
Is there a public list of suppliers (must include names and addresses)? Yes Partial No
Location / Link:

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/report-archive/

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/report-archive/

Does the brand require and keep record of information from direct suppliers on every subcontractor and subcontract? Yes Partial No
Links / Info:

Pg. 15: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...

Does brand track suppliers' use of temporary or contract work? No No No
Links / Info:
Additional info on Transparency & Traceability:

Monitoring & Training
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials

Monitoring

% of suppliers internally monitored per year: 76-99% 76-99% 1-25% or Some Unspecified
% of suppliers monitored by a third party with labor-standards accredidation: 1-25% or Some Unspecified 1-25% or Some Unspecified 1-25% or Some Unspecified
Name of third party & info:

WRAP. ITS, BV, FWC

WRAP. ITS, BV, FWC

WRAP. ITS, BV, FWC

% of suppiers monitored with unannouced visits or off-site worker interviews per year: 1-25% or Some Unspecified 1-25% or Some Unspecified 1-25% or Some Unspecified
% of suppliers having publicly shared audit reports and corrective action plans: 0% 0% 0%
Links to public audit reports & corrective action plans:
TOTAL % of traced suppliers monitored per year: 76-99% 76-99% 1-25% or Some Unspecified
Links/Info on Monitoring Stats
Are monitoring benchmarks vetted by an outside organization? Yes Yes Partial
Name of organization, links/info:

WRAP, FLA, Social Accountability International.

WRAP, FLA, Social Accountability International.

WRAP, FLA, Social Accountability International.

Are suppliers monitored for their use of labor brokers? Yes Yes Partial
Are broad monitoring results shared publicly? Yes Yes No
Links / info:

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/goals-and-progress/#csr-factory_number

http://responsibility.timberland.com/reporting/goals-and-progress/#csr-factory_number

Has the brand identified higher risk countries where it conducts more in-depth monitoring? N/A N/A N/A
List of countries under higher-risk monitoring programs:
Are all of these suppliers independently monitored with unannounced visits or off-site worker interviews at least once a year? N/A N/A N/A
Links/Info on monitoring

Pg.19 http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima... VF Corporation: "After the initial audit, our policy is to inspect every factory a minimum of once per year for the duration of the relationship with VF Corporation" (2005 Global Compliance Report)

Training

Are both auditors and factory managers trained to identify human trafficking, child labor, and forced labor? Partial Partial Partial
Links/Info

VF to BWAA 2015: "Yes.  Auditors are trained and certified by IRCA."

Yes.  Auditors are trained and certified by IRCA.

Yes.  Auditors are trained and certified by IRCA.

Does the brand invest in suppliers' compliance implementation through training or other financial support? Yes Yes Partial
Links/info:

"We maintain a philosophy of continuous improvement, and as such we are committed to helping suppliers meet VF’s manufacturing standards through training, education and capacity building" - http://sustainability.vfc.com/people/worker-wel...

"We maintain a philosophy of continuous improvement, and as such we are committed to helping suppliers meet VF’s manufacturing standards through training, education and capacity building" - http://sustainability.vfc.com/people/worker-wel...

"We maintain a philosophy of continuous improvement, and as such we are committed to helping suppliers meet VF’s manufacturing standards through training, education and capacity building" - http://sustainability.vfc.com/people/worker-wel...

Worker Rights
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials

Wages & Sourcing

Do workers make a living wage? No No No
Links/info including wage formulas
Is a stable price guaranteed to suppliers regardless of world price fluctuation? No No No
Links / info including price formulas:
Does the brand have a system for basing sourcing descisions on supplier labor conditions? (Examples: a) Brand has peferred supplier program, b) Brand can demonstrate that suppliers' labor conditions have as a group improved over time) Yes Yes No
Links/info:

Supplier Selection:
"We expect our sourcing managers to select new suppliers with social compliance being one element of their vendor selection pre-screening process. Such pre-screening is accomplished by having suppliers provide evidence of their social compliance performance by way of recent audits by other brands, external monitoring firms,or social certificates, such as WRAP or SA8000. 

Factories that receive Rejected or Accepted to be Upgraded-Pending Rejection ("ATBU-Pending Rejection") scores in VF's audits do not have basic levels of compliance. For factories that are ATBU-Pending Rejection (that are still being considered for production), Timberland's Supplier Sustainability Team ("SST")works to address critical issues before re-audit in 3 months. If no improvement occurs after a 3 month period, these factories will be downgraded to Rejected."

Supplier Selection:
"We expect our sourcing managers to select new suppliers with social compliance being one element of their vendor selection pre-screening process. Such pre-screening is accomplished by having suppliers provide evidence of their social compliance performance by way of recent audits by other brands, external monitoring firms,or social certificates, such as WRAP or SA8000. 

Factories that receive Rejected or Accepted to be Upgraded-Pending Rejection ("ATBU-Pending Rejection") scores in VF's audits do not have basic levels of compliance. For factories that are ATBU-Pending Rejection (that are still being considered for production), Timberland's Supplier Sustainability Team ("SST")works to address critical issues before re-audit in 3 months. If no improvement occurs after a 3 month period, these factories will be downgraded to Rejected."

For companies more than 10 years old: From how many suppliers has the brand sourced for at least 5 years? 10-99 0 0
Links/info:
If brand ends its relationship with a supplier, does it have a program to ensure that workers are fully paid for hours worked? No No No
Links/info:

Co-Operatives

Are there any democratically run co-ops or employee-owned firms at this level of the supply chain? (IF "NO" SKIP SECTION) No No No
Do workers or their appointees either serve on the Board of Directors of the co-op or company, or else have access to financial information about the performance of the business including management salaries? No No No
Do workers own either 50% or more of the co-operative(s) or 25% or more of the brand? No No No
Link(s) to information on co-ops:

Unions

Do any suppliers employ hired workers (including contract and permanent workers) at this level of the supply chain? Yes Yes Yes
How many suppliers are known to have independent democratically elected trade unions? 10-99 0 0
List the suppliers:

2013 Percentage of factories unionised (regional):
South America: 100%
Europe: 4.3%
China: 43%
East Asia: 11%
Southeast Asia & Fiji: 11%
North Africa: 0%
Sub-Saharan Afriac: 0%
Canada & US: 0%
Mexico, Central America % Carribean: 0%
India: 0%

How many suppliers are known to have collective bargaining agreements in place? 0 0 0
List the suppliers / unions:
Links/Info on Unions

Grievance Mechanisms

Does brand have a functioning grievance mechanism? (Brand must do more than hear complaints; must include investigation and efforts to address grievance) No No No
Does brand have a functioning dispute resolution mechanism? No No No
Links/Info on Dispute Resolution Mechanism
Can workers submit complaints annonymously? Partial Partial No
Can organizations submit complaints on behalf of workers? Partial Partial No
Are the resolutions publicly disclosed? No No No
Links / Info:

Requires suppliers to have a grievance mechanism, but no evidence that company itself has one. Pg.32: http://www.vfc.com/VF/corporation/resources/ima...

Child & Forced Labor Remediation

Does the brand have local partnerships in place in high-risk areas to rehabilitate child or forced laborers when found? No No No
List of partner organizations:
When child or forced labor is removed from the workplace, is it later verified by unannounced monitoring or off-site worker interviews? No No No
If child labor is discovered, does the brand find a way to provide for the child's education and replace the lost income to the family? Partial Partial No
If forced labor is discovered, does the brand facilitate the individual's reintegration into the labour market and transition to decent work? No No No
Where appropriate will the brand cooperate with local authorities, government, law enforcement, victim service providers and others to ensure full protection of trafficking, forced and/or child laborer(s)? Yes Yes Yes
Links / info on Remediation Plan:

Supplementary Risk Data
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Does any independent third party (aside from the DOL List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor) report a risk of child or forced labor in any of the above sectors? No No No
Name/link of report, countries/sectors reported & type of risk:

Reported Issues
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Final Stage ProductionProduction of InputsRaw Materials
Are there any reports of unadressed child labor in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:
Are there any reports of unadressed forced labor in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:
Are there any reports of retaliation against employees who attempted to organize in the brand's supply chain? No No No
List third party report, site and location:

A company's risk levels indicate the prevalence of child and forced labor in the particular production process and countries in which it is operating. A company can still receive an A if it is operating in HIGH RISK situations. A company operating in HIGH RISK areas must take more precautions to ensure against abuses than one operating in LOW RISK areas; thus, Free2Work grades such a company on a more rigorous scale.

Free2Work draws country and industry risk data from the U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced With Child Labor or Forced Labor and from the Trafficking in Persons Report "Tier Placements" put out by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. We also draw data where applicable from other expert reports and relevant news articles. In some cases there are specific allegations of abuse in a company's supply chain; in these circumstances we incorporate this information in the risk analysis as well.

Free2Work draws country and industry risk data primarily from the U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced With Child Labor or Forced Labor and from the Trafficking in Persons Report "Tier Placements" put out by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The questions in this category serve to supplement this data.