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Stakeholder Engagement

Last Updated: 2019.06.28
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We deepen our understanding of global social issues and work to improve our business practices through dialogue with international NPOs, NGOs, and other stakeholders. We are committed to helping solve apparel industry issues that cannot be addressed by any one single company. To this end, we form partnerships and engage in activities with a variety of industry groups.

Collaboration With Stakeholders

Fast Retailing works with a number of organizations and programs, the most important of which we have listed below.

NameDate JoinedMissionMain Activities

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh ("Accord")

August 2013

The Accord is a legally binding agreement established through the collaboration of multiple brands and labor unions to ensure the safety of garment factories in Bangladesh. This agreement is designed to create safe workplaces, defining fire protection and safety measures to prevent factory workers from being trapped in fires or building collapses.
http://bangladeshaccord.org

Provide support for stronger garment factory management, including fire prevention, electrical safety, building safety inspections, and the establishment of factory health and safety committees. The Accord provides hotlines for factory workers to report safety problems and training related to fire and building safety.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

September 2014

A group of major companies in the apparel, footwear, and textile industries working together to address global environment and social issues.
https://apparelcoalition.org

Develop and disseminate standard industry tools (HIGG index) to measure the environmental and social impact of supply chain activities.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

July 2015

Protect the rights of workers through corporate, citizen group, and university collaboration, bringing labor environments into conformity with international standards.
http://www.fairlabor.org

Provide support to member brands and factories in adopting FLA labor environment standards throughout the entire supply chain. Evaluate the monitoring activities of member brands and factories related to labor conditions; provide guidance for improvement. Encourage cooperation among stakeholders, including member brands, factories, and citizen groups to tackle issues related to labor conditions.

Better Work

December 2015

A joint program between International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group serves as a center for collaboration among governments, global brands, factory managers, labor unions, factory workers, and other corporations, groups and individuals. The program strengthens the stability and competitiveness across the supply chain for the apparel and footwear industries, while ensuring the rights of factory workers and improving labor conditions.
https://betterwork.org

Conduct special-purpose audits, provide training and guidance for improvement among member factories. Encourage stronger policies and systems for labor condition management. Leverage the expertise gained from local activities in each country to provide support for policies and planning in each country.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women(UN Women)

May 2019

UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on women's rights worldwide.
http://asiapacific.unwomen.org

Based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development.

Case Studies of Stakeholder Engagement

  • In October 2017, Fast Retailing participated in "ILO-Sweden Regional Meeting on Promoting Decent Work in Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia", a consultation meeting with ILO Constituents (governments, employers and workers) from leading garment producing countries and key stakeholders from the sector, convened by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok.

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    • ILO-Sweden Regional Meeting on Promoting Decent Work in Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia
    • From November 2017 to June 2018, Fast Retailing conducted country sustainability risk assessments on China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar - countries in which our partner factories are located. We received feedback from important stakeholders including local NGOs, FLA, Better Work, Better Factories Cambodia and other brands and reflected their comments in the assessment. We also included the key challenges discussed at "ILO-Sweden Regional Meeting on Promoting Decent Work in Garment Sector Supply Chains in Asia" in the assessment.

    Initiatives for Building Safety in Bangladesh ("Accord")

    In August 2013, Fast Retailing joined the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The goal of the Accord is to protect garment factory workers from building collapses and fire. We are helping establish health and safety committees at production partner factories as recommended by the Accord as part of ensuring proper working conditions.

    Under the Accord, Fast Retailing production partners in Bangladesh undergo inspections and receive ongoing training related to fire prevention, electrical safety, and building safety. Our activities under the Accord have improved workplace safety at factories in Bangladesh. Issues we identified through initial Accord assessments* at our production partners have been largely resolved. We at Fast Retailing believe further improvements are required in the Bangladesh apparel industry workplaces. Accordingly, we have extended our support of the Accord through May 2021.

    * See the official website of the Accord for more about unresolved issues and the status of health and safety committees. (http://bangladeshaccord.org/).

    Global Partnership to Empower Female Workers(UN Women)

    Global Partnership to champion women's rights and empowerment

    In May 2019, Fast Retailing and UN Women signed a global partnership to champion women's rights and empowerment in the apparel industry. This is the first formal alliance between UN Women and a clothing company based in Asia.

    Under the new partnership, Fast Retailing and UN Women will together promote safe and secure work environments, and advance empowerment for all women and girls. The scope of the partnership, which includes an investment from Fast Retailing of USD $1.6 million (around ¥170 million) over two years (2019-2021), is to jointly implement a program for female workers in garment factories in Asia, the company's main production hub. The partnership also comprises a management training program to further diversity at the company.

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