Human Rights

Taking action and evolving
our approach to human rights.


years of a Shared Commitment


times accredited by the Fair Labor Association


Level 1 suppliers

Human Rights

Our Commitment: Promote adherence to our code of conduct for business partners, A Shared Commitment, and go beyond compliance to improve the lives of workers within our supply chain

As a leading global apparel company with nearly one million workers in our supply chain, we have an opportunity and an obligation to uphold the rights of the people making our products and help improve their lives. Since 1991, we have required all of our suppliers to adhere to A Shared Commitment under which we assess their practices and partner with them to improve performance.

Through our CR program, we aim to strengthen our supplier partnerships, drive operational excellence, and promote remediation and capacity-building. We continuously evolve the scope and scale of our assessment program, and embed responsible business practices throughout our organization.

Factory ratings derived from our assessments inform our sourcing decisions and remediation actions, as well as determine the cadence for subsequent assessments. Better rated factories receive “green” or “yellow” ratings. An “orange” rating indicates that immediate action is required for the factory to maintain its authorization as a PVH supplier. If a supplier receives a “red” rating, we end our business relationship, making a responsible exit. Throughout the assessment process, we look beyond the scope of typical audits by partnering with our suppliers to address shared goals. We share our expectations at the outset, conduct thorough factory inspections and seek workers’ views in confidence. We engage factory managers in an open discussion on the findings, exploring root causes, and support them in developing corrective action plans. We meet with our suppliers between assessments to review their progress in implementing remediation activities and provide further guidance.

Increasingly, we are moving beyond compliance by empowering our suppliers and licensees to take ownership of their supply chain performance, including labor practices, and make changes that improve the lives of workers.

At an industry level, we participate in multi-stakeholder efforts to improve labor conditions, such as the FLA, and we encourage our suppliers to participate in continuous improvement programs, such as Better Work.

Our Progress in 2017

Category Subcategory Number
Factory Assessments
Total Number of Factories Assessed 1,871 (100%)
Long-form assessments 1,185
Equivalencies 128
Short-form/Self-assessments 259
Better Work 144
Level 2 Assessments 81
Higg Verifications (Suppliers who took the Higg self-assessment, were verified by
Non-Assessment CR Engagement
Total Non-Assessment CR Engagement 1,285
Assessment Preparation & Remediation 1,231
Capacity Building Training 54
Total Person-Hours of Training 18,433
Internal 3,944
External 14,489
Total Training Attendees 4,907
Internal 1,400
External 3,507

*The Brazilian Association of Textile Retail (ABVTEX) conducts independent social compliance audits for apparel 
and textile suppliers in Brazil through its Suppliers Certification Program

Where We Source

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2017 Highlights


We updated our California Transparency in Supply Chain statement and expanded it to cover the disclosures required under the UK Modern Slavery Act.The reissued statement details forced labor, and includes a Modern Slavery Statement detailing our policies, monitoring programs and training efforts with regard to forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking. Modern slavery is defined by the ILO as “slavery or slave-like practices, as well as various forms of debt bondage," and human trafficking.


In 2017, we launched our Responsible Business Practices program in order to help our associates better understand the human rights implications of their daily decisions. We are raising awareness about how good purchasing practices, including accurate planning and technical specifications, as well as calendar adherence, can enable suppliers to improve working conditions.


We expanded the scope of our assessment program to include a broader supply base. Traditionally, our focus was on finished product (cut and sew) suppliers. In 2017, we expanded this scope to include over 80 strategic trim suppliers.


For our licensed businesses, we pioneered the use of SAI Social Fingerprint as a tool to design custom programs intended to build our licensees' capability to manage their own human rights performance at their supplier factories.


We expanded our partnership with Better Work with a pilot program through the Better Work Academy ("BWA"). The BWA is an ambitious program designed to facilitate supplier self-ownership by working hand in hand with suppliers to create systems change at the factory level. This includes the creation of worker-management committees. As part of this process, BWA deployed extensive training to our CR team members in 2017.

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