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08.21.2020

Under Armour Statement on Xinjiang

Under Armour Statement on Xinjiang

Under Armour is deeply concerned by credible reports of forced labor and other abuses in, and outside, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). As the reported and specific circumstances preclude the effective use of third-party audits to assess whether such abuses are occurring, Under Armour is employing measures to mitigate the risk of such abuses occurring in, or being linked to, our supply chain. We summarize here some related commitments and steps we have taken concerning related forced labor issues and abuses.

Under Armour will not tolerate forced labor in its supply chain. Under Armour prohibits forced labor in our Supplier Code of Conduct and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, both of which are incorporated into our suppliers' contractual obligations to us. Our Sustainability program supports our commitment to prohibit forced labor, and to respect human rights more broadly, including under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights framework.

Under Armour does not knowingly source any finished goods from XUAR, and we require all tier one vendors to source materials and components only from approved suppliers. There are no Under Armour approved suppliers in the XUAR. Additionally, Under Armour has implemented controls designed to guard against cotton that originates in XUAR from being used to produce Under Armour branded merchandise anywhere in the world.  

Under Armour is engaged in dialogue with business partners throughout our supply chain (tier one and beyond) to ensure that such partners are informed about these recent reports, and understand their obligations to comply with, all applicable laws, requirements and relevant provisions of our Supplier Code of Conduct and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. We are also conducting due diligence on our suppliers to assess related compliance. Additionally, we are working within the Fair Labor Association and collaborating with the American Apparel and Footwear Association to identify sustainable solutions to the challenges common to our industry.

This is a complex global challenge. Identifying sustainable solutions that are sufficient to respect the rights of the people who are at risk will require collaboration and action from all relevant stakeholder groups.