Loblaw Companies Limited 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - page 11

Sourcing
Loblaw Companies Limited
2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
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Over the past three years, we have
put processes in place in key
markets where we source apparel.
Offshore factories from which we
are the importer of record must
conduct an annual Workplace
Conditions Assessment (WCA).
Furthermore, factories in India,
Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia,
Vietnam and Thailand from which
we are the importer of record must
also undergo a Fire and Structural
Safety (FSS) Assessment as a
condition of doing business with us.
We currently have a team of
25 audit compliance managers
and production auditors living and
working locally in key markets to
ensure that WCA and FSS
Assessments occur to help
reinforce worker rights and safety,
to support factory improvement
plans and to confirm that our
products are made in approved
factories. This investment provides
a higher level of engagement and
transparency, and enables us to
provide broader support to the
apparel industry.
Additionally, we’re proud of the
ongoing work we’re doing with the
global apparel industry through the
Accord on Fire and Building Safety
in Bangladesh. Over the past three
years, the Accord has supported
significant improvement in
Bangladesh factories with 1,600
factories inspected and improved,
and health and safety trainings
conducted in factories employing
over 437,000 workers.
While we feel we’ve made positive
strides over recent years, we’re
always committed to doing better.
This year, we will begin to publicly
disclose our contracted factory list
to our customers and partners.
This transparency will allow us to
continue to strengthen our process
and find ways to collaborate further.
At Joe Fresh, our customers trust us
to offer products they can be proud
of – and we constantly strive to do
just that.
Joe Fresh:
Making positive
strides in
sourcing
apparel
continued
Supply Chain Risk Report
World Vision Canada published a
report that ranked Canadian
retailers on their efforts to reduce
chances of child and forced labour
in their supply chains.
Visit
to see
how Loblaw performed.
“We’re proud of the ongoing
work we’re doing with the
global apparel industry through
the Accord on Fire and Building
Safety in Bangladesh.”
Ian Freedman
President, Joe Fresh
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