This Statement provides an overview of the efforts that PVH Corp. (together with its subsidiaries, “PVH,” the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) has taken, including during our fiscal year that ended on February 2, 2020, to ensure that forced and involuntary labor is not taking place in our business, including within our supply chain. We have prepared this Statement on a consolidated basis for PVH -- although not all of the entities in our consolidated group are subject to each or any of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, UK Modern Slavery Act or Australian Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act -- because we have a singular compliance program, with one set of policies, relating to forced and involuntary labor. Our compliance program and policies also address child labor risks.
In this Statement, PVH uses “forced and involuntary labor” to refer to slave labor, prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, human trafficking, child labor and similar conduct.
PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have approximately 40,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and had over $9.9 billion in 2019 revenue. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s, and Olga brands and the digital-centric True&Co. brand, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.
We have established a global supply chain that can adjust with our evolving business needs. Our products were produced in over 1,200 factories in approximately 50 countries during our 2019 fiscal year (February 4, 2019 to February 2, 2020). We source finished products and, to a limited extent, raw materials and trim. Raw materials and trim include fabric, buttons, thread, labels and similar components. Finished products consist of manufactured and fully assembled products (apparel, footwear, accessories and related products). Raw material, trim, and finished product commitments are generally made two to six months prior to production. As part of our ongoing, long-term supply chain strategy, we are reducing our manufacturing, textile and cotton footprint in China and increasing our verticality in other manufacturing locations, such as other parts of Asia, as well as in Africa. Please visit pvh.com/company/business-groups and pvh.com/company/global-supplychain for more information about our business and supply chain structure. Please visit our factory list for details about business partners from whom we source and their location: https://responsibility.pvh.com/wpcontent/uploads/2019/12/Factory-List-December-2019.xlsx.
At PVH, Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) has always been central to how we conduct business and plays a critical role in our strategy. As we continue to adapt to the evolving retail landscape and position ourselves for long-term success, we recognize we have an opportunity to play a leading role in advancing sustainable development and supporting human rights. Through our CR strategy, Forward Fashion, we have set a new level of ambition and transparency for sustainable business at PVH. We do this because resources are limited and, for us, human rights are non-negotiable. Please visit responsibility.pvh.com to read about Forward Fashion and our CR programming, and to access our 2019 and prior years’ Annual CR Reports.
The requirements for doing business with PVH are based, in part, on the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Core Conventions, and the United Nations Guiding
Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as other third-party standards, frameworks and codes of
conduct, some of which are discussed in this Statement. We communicate our standards and requirements to
our business partners in our supply chain through the following:
Additionally, PVH has signed the Uzbek Cotton Pledge and the Turkmen Cotton Pledge led by the Responsible Sourcing Network, committing not to knowingly source cotton from these countries. In January 2019, PVH added Xinjiang Province to our Restricted Jurisdiction List, which can be found in our Corporate Responsibility Supply Chain Guidelines. Under the Policy, we do not, and prohibit our licensees from, producing finished goods in Xinjiang. For more information please see PVH Corp.’s Statement on Xinjiang. PVH is also one of the signatories to the AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment aiming to address forced labor risks for migrant workers.
We evaluate, monitor and address the risks of forced and involuntary labor in our industry and supply chain in several ways. We believe that forced and involuntary labor risks in our own workforce are minimal due to the strength of our internal employment policies and procedures.
We participate in multi-stakeholder initiatives that help us to evaluate and address the risk of forced and involuntary labor in our industry and supply chains. PVH is a member of several industry associations and programs that are dedicated to protecting workers’ rights, including the prevention of forced and involuntary labor, such as the Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI), American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the United States Council for International Business, and the Better Work Programme. PVH was the first apparel sector member to join the RLI and continues to be a member of the RLI Steering Committee, providing strategic direction to the organization as it works to ensure that the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted.
We also consult third-party resources and databases, and also engage in other research, utilize consultants and engage with members of civil society to evaluate forced and involuntary labor risks.
PVH provides transparency concerning its efforts to evaluate, monitor and address the risks of forced and involuntary labor through reporting, survey responses, meetings with stakeholders and other means.
We continually monitor compliance with our CR requirements, including the prohibitions against forced and involuntary labor, and address identified risks or violations. We conduct pre-sourcing assessments at all Level 1 and key Level 2 factories before they are allowed to produce product for us. We also conduct regular audits once production begins, work closely with factories to remediate any identified deficiencies and, when necessary, terminate supplier factories that fail to comply with our policies, procedures or guidelines.
Certifications: At the beginning or renewal of a relationship, suppliers and licensees are required to acknowledge A Shared Commitment and agree to implement its requirements. PVH’s Branded Merchandise Policy also requires that direct suppliers certify that materials incorporated into PVH products, whether acquired directly or indirectly, are from a source that does not use forced or involuntary labor.
Factory Audits: Audits are conducted by reputable third party auditors, typically every six to 24 months. Several factors, including the results of the previous audit, will dictate audit frequency. Audits are usually scheduled in advance with the suppliers in order to foster a relationship of trust and cooperation, but unannounced audits are also conducted.
Audits are guided by a proprietary CR Assessment Tool that measures compliance through metrics based on the requirements of A Shared Commitment. These include specific metrics relating to forced and involuntary labor. The CR Assessment Tool enhances objectivity and consistency across assessments by ensuring that we use consistent criteria to evaluate all suppliers producing PVH product. As part of the audit, we also seek workers’ views in confidence, so that we can hear, first-hand, about factory conditions. We also monitor conditions at factories through assessments by independent organizations, such as the Better Work Programme.
Given the challenges with current recruitment systems, migrant workers can be disproportionately vulnerable to forced and involuntary labor. PVH worked with an external partner to identify high-risk countries for migrant labor. To enhance further our monitoring capability relating to forced and involuntary labor risks, in early 2020, we developed and deployed a supplementary assessment tool as part of the factory audit for supplier and licensee factories in high-risk countries that is focused on recruitment practices and treatment of migrant labor. In parallel, we have deepened our engagement with suppliers on the payment of recruitment fees and other migrant labor issues.
Remediation: PVH’s audit program encourages our business partners to assume greater responsibility for their labor practices and general compliance around employment and worker issues by providing the opportunity for suppliers to remediate most identified issues. We believe that remediation best serves the interests of workers by enabling the supplier to develop safe, compliant and respectful workplaces. We engage factory managers in an open discussion on the findings, exploring root causes, and support them in developing corrective action plans. In addition, we meet with our suppliers between audits to review their progress in implementing remediation activities and to provide further guidance. Continuous engagement with suppliers on their progress in addressing forced and involuntary labor risks helps us ensure the effectiveness of our program.
We also reward those business partners that adopt and implement our standards and policies with continued business.
Termination: PVH views termination as a remedy of last resort, given the harm to workers that can result. We, therefore, first seek to remediate issues through direct engagement with the supplier or factory or, where structural in nature, in conjunction with civil society, industry organizations and/or governmental authorities. We generally will terminate a relationship with a supplier or factory only if (i) it fails to remediate issues uncovered by an audit or (ii) we identify what we would consider an egregious violation of our policies or guidelines and remediation is not appropriate or feasible (e.g., child or forced labor).
To ensure the effectiveness of our efforts to eliminate forced and involuntary labor, we hold ourselves accountable through a robust governance structure, clearly established roles and responsibilities.
Our Senior Management Team, led by our Chairman and CEO, has established and upholds our vision and has final accountability for the implementation of CR programs, including our management of human rights practices across our value chain. The CR Committee of the PVH Board of Directors provides support and guidance to our Senior Management Team and reports to the broader Board of Directors with respect to our CR policies and strategies. The CR Committee, which consists of three independent directors, meets four times a year to monitor our CR performance and progress across social and human rights-focused key performance indicators (KPIs) that are established annually to advance the program’s commitments. Meetings include updates on current issues, program updates, and discussion and committee approvals of any strategy updates or new partnerships/initiatives.
We have established clear lines of accountability for CR throughout PVH, from the subject matter experts on the CR team through to our CEO, via our SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility. Our CR team is composed of over 70 associates located in 11 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, who work closely with our business units and global supply teams to further align our CR goals, as well as implement on-theground assessments, remediation and capability building programs in supplier regions. Our CR team is also responsible for internal and external reporting on CR, including through our annual CR Report.
All PVH associates are required to undergo compliance and ethics training, which includes the review and certification of our core policies, upon hire and annually thereafter. The Company may take disciplinary action against any associate who violates any of our policies, guidelines or otherwise fails to uphold our moral, legal or ethical standards.
Members of our CR team and other PVH associates attend external training programs and seminars on social compliance issues, including forced and involuntary labor. We also have a reporting hotline (available online and by telephone) for associates and workers at factories in our supply chain, so that they may report potential legal, regulatory, or policy violations and other ethical concerns. Grievances can be submitted anonymously and confidentially to the extent allowed under applicable law.
In fiscal 2019, we conducted a training session for our suppliers on our Migrant Worker Policy. This training focused on the key elements of the Migrant Worker Policy, including our “no fees” requirement, and provided further information on standards related to contracts and labor brokers. Targeted engagement is also conducted with suppliers that may present an increased risk of forced or involuntary labor. In our current fiscal year, we are augmenting our training and engagement with suppliers to provide further guidance on how to effectively identify and remediate recruitment fees issues, enact management systems to prevent the charging of recruitment fees when migrant workers are initially recruited for employment, and address other issues related to forced and involuntary labor.
Our CR team and other PVH associates also participate as speakers in other external training programs and seminars on forced and involuntary labor to increase awareness and encourage the adoption of best practices to address these issues.
Ensuring forced and involuntary labor are not taking place in our supply chain continues to be a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In February 2020, PVH issued its Guidelines for a Healthy Work Environment and Addressing the COVID-19 Crisis to our suppliers. The Guidelines are based on World Health Organization and other international guidelines, including guidance from the International Organization for Migration on the treatment of migrant workers during COVID-19. In order to support our suppliers further, PVH worked with a third party partner to provide a COVID-19 training to our suppliers. In order to ensure our business partners have the tools needed to address the crisis and related health and safety considerations, we also on an ongoing basis engage with our suppliers to provide support and advice. In addition, PVH is working closely with industry partners, governments, and worker and employer representatives to find solutions for workers’ immediate needs and to contribute to long-term plans that can strengthen social protections in key garment exporting countries. As such, PVH and its brand businesses endorse the views, priorities and actions outlined in COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry, published by the ILO, together with the International Organisation of Employers, the International Trade Union Confederation and IndustriALL Global Union.
We also continue to conduct CR Assessments in our supply chain where they can be done safely and in accordance with travel restrictions and social distancing requirements.
For more information on PVH’s COVID response, please read our full statement on COVID-19.
The following PVH entities are required to publish a statement under the UK Modern Slavery Act: PVH Corp., Calvin Klein Stores UK Limited, PVH Services (UK) Limited (UK), PVH UK Limited (UK) and Hilfiger Stores (UK). This Statement was approved by the CR Committee of the PVH Board of Directors on behalf of the Board and the boards of directors of those entities on September 22, 2020, and signed by the undersigned on October 30, 2020.
The following PVH entities are required to submit a statement under the Australian Commonwealth Modern
Slavery Act: PVH Brands Australia and Sunshine A Pty Ltd. (the “reporting entities”). This Statement is a
joint statement. It has been approved on behalf of the reporting entities by the CR Committee of the PVH
Board of Directors, which is the principal governing body of the higher entity parent company of the reporting
entities, and the undersigned is a responsible member of the parent company. This Statement was prepared in
consultation with the reporting entities, including by making those entities aware of its preparation and
providing them with an opportunity to participate therein.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
October 30, 2020