HanesBrands’ Social Compliance Program
Over 80 percent of HanesBrands Inc.’s total unit volume comes from production facilities that it owns and operates or from fully dedicated contractors. This means HanesBrands has far greater control over the working conditions in these facilities. Owned facilities mean the brick and mortar is HanesBrands’, run by its management teams and staffed by its employees. For remaining volume, HanesBrands and its licensees also source directly from third-party facilities. HanesBrands is a pioneer in managing a worldwide supply chain for social compliance, having had a very in-depth and thorough facility auditing program for more than 20 years. HanesBrands is committed to remaining a leader in the apparel industry.
Our Global Code of Conduct, Global Standards for Suppliers, and the Fair Labor Association code of conduct drive the expectations that are set for all of HanesBrands owned and contractor facilities. It should be emphasized that these standards apply to all facilities, owned and contracted. We insist on compliance and work aggressively to correct deficiencies that our internal and independent external audit teams uncover. HBI facilities are each audited two to three times a year by a combination of internationally recognized external auditing firms (i.e. Elevate Limited, International Compliance Group, Social Compliance Service Asia Limited and One Step (for Vietnam only), our regional internal auditors, and/or the Fair Labor Association. These audit teams conduct more than 600 audits each year for the global HanesBrands business, which includes Hanes Australasia facilities, covering topics that range from health and safety, to compensation and working hours, to dormitory conditions, to child labor, to fire and emergency preparedness.
HanesBrands’ compliance program goal is to work with facilities to drive continuous improvement, but we will stop doing business with a factory if they fail to correct deficiencies in a timely manner or if “zero-tolerance” issues are discovered such as child labor, sexual or physical assault, or auditor bribery.
In a continuing effort to further enhance our program, HanesBrands is an active and committed participant in the Fair Labor Association, working with its SCI factory evaluation process. HanesBrands has also spent more than two years developing a new and very detailed scored auditing tool that will allow us to objectively score a facility across a range of compliance parameters, including not only social and labor issues, but also environmental practices and responsibility.
To access a listing of company-owned and third party facilities, refer to www.hanesforgood.com/social/ethical-standards
Further information on HanesBrands’ ethical sourcing programs can be found on the Hanes for Good website at www.hanesforgood.com