We have certain expectations of our suppliers, which have been formulated in our Supplier Code of Conduct. The Supplier Code of Conduct references the Core Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in order to ensure labor and human rights are respected on all levels of the supply chain. To make sure that our suppliers meet our social standards, we have implemented a thorough Social Compliance On-boarding Process. Before beginning any business partnership, our Supplier Code of Conduct is shared with the potential supplier and must be accepted and signed prior to collaboration as part of our general supplier agreement.
SOCIAL COMPLIANCE ON-BOARDING PROCESS
In our social compliance program we work with third parties including the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Better Work. Comprehensive and rigorous audits are fundamental in improving factory working conditions because they tell us where problems lie and what needs to be fixed. To achieve the right balance of audit quality, follow-up remediation work and recognition of the effort by multiple factory customers, Esprit relies on a combination of BSCI audits, Better Work audits and internal audits.
To support our suppliers in achieving the required standards, Esprit has a Social & Environmental Sustainability Team in place, based at our headquarters in Germany as well as in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Turkey and Vietnam. The team assesses social compliance in supplier factories through unannounced audits and various kinds of visits. Esprit's audit process does not stop once new suppliers are on-boarded. We also visit factories to assist management in implementing recommendations from previous audits. The goal for us is to assess each factory at least once a year, and more frequently where warranted.