Hanesbrands Inc. believes in doing business with suppliers, manufacturers, contractors, joint venture partners, agents, distributors, and consultants who embrace and demonstrate high standards of ethical business behaviour.
Hanes Australasia, as part of Hanesbrands Inc. takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices.
We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, and expect no less from our partners. These standards are driven by HanesBrands’:
In order to make a real, sustainable and positive difference, the Company holds itself and its suppliers, accountable to these standards.
We abide by the law, we treat employees with respect, we do not harass or discriminate in any way (including but not limited to race, gender or any other protected class), we do not bribe, we do not tolerate underage workers, we maintain a safe and healthy workplace, and we respect employee rights to free association.
Each year HanesBrands conducts more than 600 extensive scored audits of facilities across its global supply chain through its industry-leading certification, monitoring and compliance programs. These audits include Hanes Australasia facilities.
HanesBrands is an accredited member of the Fair Labor Association, works with the U.N. International Labour Organization’s Better Work program, and has scored among the best companies for social compliance and labour rights with advocacy organisation As You Sow and Free2Work, a compliance grading system.
Hanes Australasia has been a member of Sedex since 2009, which is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains.
Additional Hanes Australasia ethical policies include:
Animal Welfare Policy
Hanes Australasia is committed to ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare are adhered to in its supply chain. Products must be generated, sourced and manufactured under acceptable conditions by suppliers. Where animal products are used, we expect our suppliers to treat animals in a humane manner which includes provision of appropriate comfort, shelter and freedom from distress or hunger.
For example when sourcing feather and down (either as a raw material or within products) our suppliers must take reasonable steps to ensure that the down and feathers used are a by-product of the food chain. Feather or down obtained by live plucking of birds is not permitted for use in Hanes Australasia products. Hanes Australasia visits its suppliers to monitor their ongoing commitment to meeting our expectations in relation to the sourcing of feather and down.
Concerns have also been raised about angora fibre production, specifically in relation to the mistreatment of rabbits in angora farms. Hanes Australasia has banned the use of rabbit angora fibre in all of our products to prevent the possibility of any rabbit being subject to distress caused by live-plucking or inappropriate standards of care.
Our Global Standards for Suppliers requires that basic labour and human rights are met and environmental impacts are managed when supplying Hanes Australasia with goods and services. This expectation also applies to the production and garment treatment methods that suppliers use during their manufacturing processes. Treating denim to make a garment look worn or faded is a common practice within the clothing industry and one method that has been frequently used is sandblasting. We now know that sandblasting can be extremely damaging to workers’ health as the large amounts of silica dust generated during the process can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease which is caused when workers inhale the tiny particles of silica.
The use of Sandblasting in the manufacture or finishing of Hanes Australasia product is prohibited.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Cotton Policy
Hanes Australasia is committed to ensuring that child workers are not used anywhere in our supply chain and that employment is freely chosen. We are concerned about reports of forced child and adult labour in cotton cultivation in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Although the Company does not have any direct business relationship with cotton producers, we prohibit our suppliers from knowingly using Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan cotton in the manufacture of our products.