We have a long history of conducting our business in a responsible manner. Since the company’s founding in 1969, we’ve worked to meet the aspiration of our co-founders Doris and Don Fisher to “do more than sell clothes.” Our company’s core values seek to ensure that the individuals who work at Gap Inc. and within our global supply chain are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
Our team of Social Responsibility Specialists annually inspected nearly 100% of the factories we source with around the world; 50% of these inspections were unannounced, surprise inspections. But we recognize that monitoring alone is not enough to improve working conditions and create opportunity for garment workers. We also build partnerships and aim to share accountability among companies, vendors, workers and other key stakeholders.
We are seeking to further align our human rights practices with the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and have asked Shift to comment on our supply chain practices in this report. Shift is a leading non-profit center that works with governments, businesses and stakeholders to put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. Gap Inc.’s focus on understanding the root causes of issues in our supply chain helps us better address the underlying causes of poor working conditions so that the solutions we support will truly last. Furthermore, our Code of Vendor Conduct explicitly outlines workers’ rights to “lawfully and peacefully associate, organize or bargain collectively,” enabling workers in Gap’s supply chain to engage with management on fair wages, sufficient benefits, and fair and safe working conditions.
Consistent and comprehensive monitoring practices across the retail industry will help create long-term solutions to improve compliance with labor standards and laws.
Gap Inc. is engaged in several broad initiatives where we work with governments, workers and other stakeholders to improve working conditions across our supply chain. For example, our 2004 partnership with the International Labour Organization led to the development of the global Better Work program.
Gap Inc. has been named to CR Magazine’s “Best Corporate Citizens” list, climbing from #6 to #3—our highest place to date.
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