years of a Shared Commitment
times accredited by the Fair Labor Association
Level 1 suppliers
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.
|Total Number of Factories Assessed||1,871 (100%)
|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|
|Total Training Attendees||4,907|
*The Brazilian Association of Textile Retail (ABVTEX) conducts independent social compliance audits for apparel
and textile suppliers in Brazil through its Suppliers Certification Program
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.