Managing labour standards and human rights in the supply chain.
G-Star has maintained its policies and processes and has a publicly available Code of Conduct, which supports ethical sourcing and labour standards, including a commitment to uphold the International Labour Organization (ILO) core conventions and the UN Declaration on Human Rights. G-Star has a detailed and documented process to ensure its suppliers (CMT, sub suppliers and mills) sign the Code of Conduct. In addition to communicating expectations, G-Star maintains systems to monitor labour rights risks within its supply base. This comprehensive foundation is reflected in a level 1 score of 100%.
G-Star has continued to work with accredited third-party auditors and has an internal team to monitor compliance, and identify and address non-conformities. G-Star has a dedicated team who is responsible for ensuring ethical trade and that training is communicated to its in-house teams and its suppliers. The team also regularly monitors and reviews level of human rights risk by supplier location. In addition, this year G-Star have also developed its purchasing practices and processes. These activities resulted in a level 2 score of 95%.
G-Star invests in the wellbeing of the communities where its supply chains are located. G-Star has continued its supplier capabilities through initiatives such as the Solidaridad’s Fair Wage project and the Bangladesh Accord. The brand has developed training focused on worker rights and industrial relations for its strategic suppliers. There still remains scope for G-Star to align its internal bonuses and incentives to further support improved labour standards throughout its entire supply chain, resulting in a score of 54% for level 3.