Victoria’s Secret & Co. is currently a member of the following industry associations dedicated to addressing the concerns and challenges related to forced labor in the supply chain:
Collaboration has become increasingly important in the development of initiatives and best practices that enhance the capacity of local governments to improve legal compliance and the capacity of our suppliers to comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We have undertaken these initiatives in collaboration or consultation with other leading companies, non-governmental organizations, labor groups, international organizations, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. It has been critical in our strategic thinking and futures thinking process. It is also an essential ingredient in achieving our goals and objectives.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. acknowledges that the challenges the apparel industry faces today are too complex to tackle individually. We approach these issues in a holistic way by working with relevant stakeholders and creating systematic change.
With this in mind, we engage with a broad range of non-governmental organizations, academics, and other stakeholders to obtain perspectives and information necessary to manage risks in the countries from which we source.
- United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) - Social Compliance & Sustainability Committee
The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is dedicated to fashion made possible by global trade. USFIA represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally.
- Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)
Founded in 2008 by members of the Responsible Business Alliance and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, the Responsible Minerals Initiative has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chains.
Their flagship Responsible Minerals Assurance Process offers companies and their suppliers an independent, third-party audit that determines which smelters and refiners can be verified as having systems in place to responsibly source minerals in line with current global standards. They offer the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, which helps VS&Co disclose and communicate about smelters in our supply chains.
VS&Co also compares smelters and refiners (“SORs”) reported by our suppliers to the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) publicly available list of known SORs. This helps us investigate and mitigate risks associated with the use of conflict minerals in our products.
- The Mekong Club – Fighting Modern Slavery Together
Since 2015, the Mekong Club established its membership-based business association and have built deep and trusted relationships with their business association members across sectors such as banking, hospitality, garment, food and beverage, toys and footwear.
They bring years of experience working with companies and their many dedicated employees, providing practical tools, strategic thinking and a forum to join and stop slavery in our lifetime. Their partners include many of the largest companies in the world as well as committed regional and local corporations.
They focus on systemic change because they seek to permanently break the cycle of modern slavery. They collaborate because they know that we are stronger when we work together.
Victoria’s Secret & Co. receives up-to- date information and expert training on issues pertinent to our industry like Modern Slavery from the Mekong Club, they also assist us with reviewing our Modern Slavery Statement and provide recommendations and best practices.
- The National Retail Federation
The National Retail Federation has represented retail for over a century. Every day, they passionately stand up for the people, policies and ideas that help retail thrive. Together with their philanthropic arm, the NRF Foundation stands up for, celebrates, educates, and inspires our industry.
The National Retail Federation is retail’s greatest advocate, uniting an industry of leaders and boundary breakers around complex issues and bold opportunities.
- Business for Social Responsibility’s BSR HERproject:
HERproject stands with women as they take greater control of their lives, ensuring that they can make and act on choices they value. HERproject firmly believes that women in global supply chains have the potential to be powerful agents for positive change in workplaces and in society. HERproject works to unlock that potential.
HERproject’s ambition is for employment and empowerment to go together for women workers, with an empowered female workforce seen as a driver for business success.
HERproject brings together global brands, their suppliers, and local partners to create and implement workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion and gender equality.
- Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA):
RILA convenes retail decision-makers to collaborate and gain from each other’s experience. RILA advances the industry through public-policy advocacy and promote operational excellence and innovation, and through research and thought leadership, RILA propels developments that foster both economic growth and sustainability.
RILA’s aim is bold but simple: to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.