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By respecting the people who make our products, we Protect This House and our planet, which is Our Home. Under Armour is committed to protecting worker rights and engaging communities. That’s how we become stronger together.
In 2014, Under Armour’s Sustainability team adopted the Fair Labor Association’s (FLA) Sustainable Compliance Initiative (SCI) methodology. This assessment approach allows us to measure and track business partners’ employment practices, working conditions, and performance over time against the Under Armour Supplier Code and the Fair Labor Association’s Workplace Code and Compliance Benchmarks, the FLA’s Fire Safety Initiative, and the Dhaka Principles for Migration with Dignity, as well as all applicable laws and regulations in the country of manufacture.
The SCI methodology is based on the “worker life cycle,” evaluating everything from how workers are hired to if, how, and when their employment with the supplier ends. By using it, Under Armour is able to review how employers perform their core management and employment functions, including whether effective policies and procedures are in place, and whether training, implementation and process responsibilities and updates are assigned. Thanks to this methodology and our assessment tool we better understand trends, implementation challenges, and areas in which business partners may benefit from training or capacity-building opportunities vis-à-vis improving management systems. We also have insight into the best and most efficient ways to address compliance issues over time.
The Under Armour Supplier Code of Conduct reflects core ILO conventions and includes provisions on Child Labor, Forced Labor, Compensation, Hours of Work, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Non-Discrimination, and Harassment or Abuse. These provisions set forth expectations for the protection of workers and seek to mitigate risks including forced labor/slavery, human trafficking and risks related to our suppliers’ employment of migrant workers. The Under Armour Code has been approved by the Audit Committee of the Under Armour Board. To read more about our efforts to address the risks of modern slavery in our business and supply chains see our Modern Slavery Statement.
The purpose of our Human Rights Due Diligence model is to identify conditions within countries that may expose Under Armour to greater risk of violating human rights. It is part of the impact assessment portion of the Human Rights Due Diligence process, as outlined in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs identify the International Bill of Human Rights and the eight core conventions of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work as the baseline set of human rights that business enterprises must respect and protect. In an attempt to cover the topics contained in these documents, our model organizes data into three broad thematic categories:
Based on this assessment we engage with suppliers, civil society organizations, and other third party stakeholders to focus on specific issues and risks to ensure FLA and Under Armour Codes are met and embody core labor standards, and related conventions, of the ILO. Only after these requirements are met do we approve our suppliers to start production for Under Armour in that specific country.
Under Armour strives to listen to all our key stakeholders and has a number of mechanisms in place to help identify and respond to potential incidents in our supply chain, including the process noted in the Reporting Potential Misconduct provision of our Supplier Code of Conduct and our participation, as a Fair Labor Association affiliate, in the FLA’s Safeguard Mechanism. When action is required, we seek to develop plans that consider local circumstances and to consider the safety of those potentially impacted, engaging third parties for support and expertise if needed. We seek to engage effectively with civil society organizations and unions representatives in key sourcing regions. For additional information, please see civil society overview related to FLA Principle 9 in Under Armour’s February 2019 FLA Accreditation Report.