BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Fruit of the Loom releases an official statement on human trafficking and modern slavery. Issued in compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the statement outlines the company’s policies toward “human trafficking and modern slavery efforts” in the global supply chain.
“Fruit of the Loom defines human trafficking as an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means for the purpose of exploiting them,” the organization states in its release. “Fruit of the Loom defines modern slavery broadly to include any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labor, and human trafficking.”
The company's supply chain includes company-owned and operated factories, as well as directly-sourced facilities. The organization also upholds a code of conduct which dictates its approach to both trafficking and human slavery. As part of this code, Fruit of the Loom says it prohibits the use of cotton from Uzbekistan, a region known for forced labor. Of the company’s 264 factory assessments in 2016, it states that 11 findings of forced labor were identified, and have since been remedied with a corrective action plan.
“We are committed to continuously analyze the effectiveness of our prevention efforts and will incorporate key learnings into enhancements of our policies and practices to eliminate any form of human trafficking or modern slavery in the factories producing our family of brands,” states Melissa Burgess-Taylor, CEO of Fruit of the Loom.
To see the full statement, visit http://www.fotlinc.com/pages/human-trafficking-and-modern-slavery-disclosure-statement.html.