Made in China. Made in Guatemala. Made in India. Made in USA. Made in Vietnam.
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.
In 2013, we signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety to address the growing need of factory oversight in Bangladesh. While AEO has a long record of safety in Bangladesh and we were not involved in any of the factory tragedies that occurred there, we felt a moral obligation to not only be a part of this rising tide of change but a leader in the advancement of workers rights and workplace safety. We also applaud retailers who have launched the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. All of us share the same goals of improving factory working conditions to ensure workers' safety in Bangladesh, and we hope that both initiatives can come together to accomplish these goals to make a difference. By aligning with our industry partners, we can help make the changes necessary to create a better world for all of us.
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.