Worker Safety and Wellbeing
Protocols and Audits Anchor Comprehensive Compliance Program
The safety, well-being and fair treatment of all workers within our supply chain is of the utmost importance to us - whether they are the associates in our home office, employees in our owned manufacturing facilities, or workers at contract locations. All of our owned and contracted facilities are required to adhere to our comprehensive compliance program, ensuring that our social responsibility efforts are world-class.
We manage all of our owned facilities according to an Ideal Plant Model (IPM) system, a leading set of expectations designed to provide safe, clean working environments. Every owned distribution center and manufacturing facility is independently audited against IPM criteria during unannounced annual audits to objectively grade its performance. See the video above for a view of these principles in action.
Wrangler is also a strong supporter of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), a non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world. VF held the Secretary position on the Board of Directors from WRAP’s founding in 1999 until 2012, and the first WRAP audit of a Wrangler facility took place in La Uruca, Costa Rica, in 2000. WRAP’s stringent protocols require that its independent evaluations include confidential employee interviews to verify audit results.
All Wrangler suppliers are required to meet our Global Compliance Principles, which are consistent with standards developed by WRAP, the Fair Labor Association, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Rights and Principles at Work. In addition, all locations must adhere to our Code of Business Conduct.
Under our Global Compliance Program, the suppliers that provide the 40 percent of Wrangler apparel produced at contract facilities must ensure workers are guaranteed essential rights, such as the right to fair compensation, the right to associate freely and bargain collectively, the right to work free from discrimination and harassment, and the right to a safe, clean workplace. Wrangler regards these rights as non-negotiable imperatives and conducts regular audits to ensure they are met. We expect our Tier 1 and 2 partners to source only from vendors that uphold these Global Compliance Principles.
Through our parent company VF Corporation, Wrangler is a member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a five-year, legally binding, results-oriented initiative dedicated to improving safety conditions for those who make their livings in Bangladesh’s apparel sector. Factories sourcing Wrangler product in Bangladesh have undergone inspection and remediation efforts as part of VF’s work with the Alliance. More information on the Alliance’s progress and the roles that NGOs and labor unions play within the organization can be found at www.bangladeshworkersafety.org.