remediation in PVH Accord factories
safety issues addressed
PVH Accord factories with worker committees
Our Commitment: Ensure safe working conditions for workers within our supply chain
At PVH, we see the workers in our supply chain as an extension of our own workforce and it is vital that they work in a safe environment. We support our suppliers in raising health and safety standards, particularly in production countries where workers are most at risk in the workplace.
We became founding members of the Accord, in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 to help stop further tragedies and develop a culture of health and safety in garment factories. The Accord is a legally binding commitment to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh over five years. Our Group Vice President of Corporate Responsibility is a member of the Accord Steering Committee, representing us at a strategic level.
Through the Accord, we collaborate with multiple stakeholders to identify and address fire, electrical and structural risks, and drive positive change. Importantly, we recognize the pressing need to empower workers to formally voice their health and safety concerns with factory managers.
In factories producing goods for PVH, we both assess our suppliers and coordinate safety improvement efforts on behalf of our fellow Accord members purchasing from those factories. Our CR and supply chain teams work closely with our Bangladeshi suppliers to identify the root causes behind any safety issues and partner with suppliers to develop lasting solutions.
PVH has signed onto a second Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which will take effect for a period of three years once the current Accord expires in May of 2018. The new agreement extends the fundamental elements of the first Accord, including independent inspections, safety committee training and an enhanced commitment to worker empowerment.
Increasingly, we are seeking ways to take the safety lessons we have learned in Bangladesh and apply them in other production countries, including India and Ethiopia.
As of January 31, 2017, the Accord had completed over 1,800 factory inspections and more than 1,400 corrective action plans.1
Our assessors visited all of PVH’s Bangladeshi suppliers to monitor progress and deliver training. Overall, we have addressed nearly 90% of the 6,500 issues uncovered to date at our suppliers’ factories through the assessment process. This means that our current level of remediation stands at nearly 90%, compared to the Accord average of 74%.
To maintain and improve our pace of remediation in Bangladesh, we developed and implemented stringent internal procedures, reviewing remediation reports on a weekly basis to encourage progress and identify solutions for our suppliers.
We supported the verification of properly constituted worker committees, which we believe is the key to empowering workers to manage their own safety. Moving forward, we will increasingly focus on helping workers to raise health and safety concerns in a structured way by promoting worker-management dialogue.
We applied the safety lessons we have learned in other production countries including India and Ethiopia. As an example, at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, we are focusing on the quality of the roofing and the structural integrity of the buildings and fire safety equipment and procedures.