In 2013, we became a member of the Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (Amfori BSCI), the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. All our suppliers are required to comply with our Code of Conduct. This includes social standards in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in which forced labour is not tolerated and we take a firm stand against any reports of this.
For the year 2021, the majority of the styles that are made with cotton come from three countries of origin: China, Turkey and India. Cotton represents 66% of the styles used in our collections.
China: 49% of our total usage comes from China, from two provinces: Shandong and Heibei. 34% is organically grown and 66% is conventionally grown, from which 67% is certified by the Better Cotton Initiative.
Turkey: 36% of our total usage comes from Turkey, from the Aegean region. 64% is organically grown and 36% is conventionally grown, from which 38% is certified by the Better Cotton Initiative.
India: 15% of our total usage comes from India, from three regions: Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra. 66% is organically grown and 34% is conventionally grown, from which 58% is certified by the Better Cotton Initiative.
We require all our contractual suppliers to not use cotton from areas that are considered high risk for child labour or forced labour and show documentation to that effect. We also work with our suppliers to trace our cotton supply from raw material to final product to increase transparency across our supply chain.
As a member of the Better Cotton Initiative, we follow and support their recommendations and expertise to improve the effectiveness of the system in identifying, preventing, mitigating and remediating forced labour risks worldwide.