All factories producing Esprit garments must comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct, which is part of a basic supplier agreement that all of our suppliers must sign. In addition to audits conducted according the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Better Work requirements, Esprit’s internal staff also conducts audits and follow-up visits as needed, to ensure that factories make progress and align with the Supplier Code of Conduct and to verify the quality of the third party audits. In high-risk regions we audit our supplier factories at once per year. Each audit is followed up by a time-bound corrective action plan so that the factory knows what steps to take to address any problems that are found.
The factory is expected to make improvements based in the findings, which will be confirmed by our internal audit team or through one of our partners, the BSCI or Better Work. Esprit partners with these leading industry initiatives to ensure that working conditions in our suppliers’ factories are appropriate, safe, and meet legal requirements. These collaborations let us reduce the auditing burdens and costs for our supplier while at the same time, contribute to the recognition and improvement of the audit results by other companies.
Please find more details of our program in our latest Sustainability Report.