Made in Vietnam. Made in India. Made in Guatemala. Made in China.
From jeans to hoodies, our clothes all have labels that hint at the different journeys they take in order to reach our store shelves. Our global supply chain is one of the most important tools we have to deliver the products that our customers love. However, a global reach brings with it a global responsibility to ensure that the people who make our clothes are treated with dignity and respect.
Like our clothes, we have come a long way as a company. We conducted our first factory inspection in 2001. In 2002, we wrote our first Code of Conduct. Today, we have a Vendor Code of Conduct, a dedicated team of people, and a comprehensive factory inspection, remediation, and training program focused on improving working conditions in the global apparel supply chain.
Few factories, if any, are perfect. The root causes of poor working conditions are varied and complex, and we cannot hope to solve all of the problems alone. Most of the time, we are just one of several brands working with any given factory and our leverage to bring about positive change may be limited. However, we continue to learn from and partner with other companies and stakeholders who share our goals. While there is no single, one-size-fits-all answer, we are working to identify and implement solutions that have a positive impact in the lives of the people who make our clothes.