Social and Ethical Audit Report

Labour practices in our global supply chains

Gorman's parent company factory x have a long-held commitment to upholding safe and fair conditions for workers in its global supply chain.

The current ethical sourcing policy was developed in 2008 by an external consultant. It provides a framework for communicating our ethical standards to our manufacturers. Using the ethical trading initiative base code as a guide, it references both local laws, the international labour organisation (ilo) conventions and principles of the united nations universal declaration of human rights.

The Policy

The policy addresses key criteria for the following areas:

  • Labour rights / Freedom of employment
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • Safe & hygienic working conditions
  • Regular employment
  • Child labour
  • Fair wages
  • Reasonable working hours
  • Harsh or inhumane treatment
  • Bribery & corruption
  • Non-discrimination
  • Fair and equitable treatment
  • Environmental compliance

The Procedures

Factory X and Gorman expect our manufacturers to implement and maintain systems for meeting the requirements stated in our Ethical Sourcing Policy. To monitor compliance, we have designed the following 3-step auditing process.:

Step 1: Factory Self-Assessment

All factories are required to complete a self-assessment annually; this includes the development of a corrective action plan with timeframes for addressing issues. We also expect our suppliers to provide details of their outsourcing arrangements and ensure that they provide our ethical sourcing policies to all suppliers in the factory x supply chain.

Step 2: Factory X Audits

Factory X has an in-house bi-lingual team who conduct audits on a regular basis. Any corrective actions are addressed with the local manufacturer and a plan of action is agreed. A randomly scheduled audit follows to ensure that the corrective action takes place.

Step 3: Third-Party Audits

Random audits to ensure the accuracy of internal audits are also conducted by qualspec, a qualified and experienced third-party certification body.

All our auditors use the following scoring system to communicate results:

  1. Meets or exceeds Factory X Ethical Policy Requirements
  2. Meets the majority of factory x ethical policy requirements, with a corrective action plan developed that includes one or more minor issues.
  3. Meets the majority of factory x ethical policy requirements with a corrective action plan developed that includes one or more major issues
  4. Failed to meet factory x ethical policy requirements, with major corrective plan required and immediate action agreed
  5. Failed to meet factory x ethical policy requirements with a critical action plan developed and immediate action required
  6. Failed to meet factory x ethical policy requirements with a zero-tolerance issue included in the critical action plan and immediate action required
  7. Failed to respond to respond to corrective plan in a reasonable timeframe resulting in cessation of trading.
  8. Failure to respond to a critical action plan that includes a zero-tolerance issue; immediate cessation of trading due to major contract breach

The audit process includes 117 questions. The auditors speak to both management and employees. Click here to find out more about the information gathered through our audit processes.

Gorman's Results 2017/2018

Gorman produces its range in 17 first tier factories. We have also traced 4 factories in our second-tier supply chain.62.5% of our first tier factories have undergone an audit by either qualspec or a trained factory x auditor.

Most factories that underwent a qualspec or factory x staff audit scored 3.

In December 2018, 1 factory received a rating of 4. We are currently working with the factory to resolve the issues identified.

The charts below provide an overview of the audit results:

Maintaining consistent relationships

Gorman is committed to maintaining, long-term relationships with our manufacturers.

Currently, the top 20% of suppliers are doing 80% or our business and we have been working with 63% of our factories for more than 5 years and 31% of factories for over 10 years.

In 2018, 16 factories produced gorman products. Except for socks (Taiwan), all our products are made in China (4 regions) & India(2 region).

A list of our factories is available here.

The pie chart below shows the proportion of products made in each country.

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