Ralph Lauren Statement on Xinjiang
Ralph Lauren is committed to conducting our global operations ethically with respect for the dignity of all people and we are deeply troubled by the reports of forced labor in and from Xinjiang. Since last year, we have conducted enhanced human rights due diligence, including additional audits with our suppliers to identify and address any risks of forced labor in our supply chain. Ralph Lauren has zero tolerance for forced labor of any kind, and if we find that any facility, anywhere in the world, is not acting in accordance with our Operating Standards, we take appropriate remedial action.
As part of our long-term, global supplier strategy, we continue to diversify our production locations and move towards responsibly sourced materials to create a more agile and sustainable supply chain. Ralph Lauren does not source goods produced or manufactured in Xinjiang. Until we can find clear and convincing evidence that forced labor is not involved, we will cease to use any yarn or fabrics from Xinjiang within the next 12 months. We are also working with suppliers and our industry to identify an effective solution for tracing the origins of cotton at the fiber level in order to remove cotton grown in Xinjiang from our supply chain.
Beyond increased due diligence and remediation, we are committed to working with our industry to advocate for a successful, sustainable solution to this issue as part of our mission to eradicate forced labor and other human rights violations from global supply chains. Given the highly complex nature of the situation in Xinjiang today, such a solution will require multi-lateral cooperation and engagement, not just across our industry but also from government, civil-society groups and advocacy organizations. We support the stance and actions expressed in the Joint Statement issued by our industry associations, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), National Retail Federation (NRF), U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), and Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA).
Updated October 14, 2020
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