As L Brands continues to foster strategic relationships with suppliers, we maintain our commitment to supplier education. For suppliers, factory management and associates who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, we host annual awareness and training conferences – called Communication Sessions - in multiple countries around the world on all compliance standards. In addition, we use one-on-one training in conjunction with compliance reviews and corrective action plans to continuously educate our factories and reinforce our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We continuously engage in training and capacity building for suppliers on risks, policies and standards, particularly those associated with human trafficking and forced labor.
Consistent with our commitment to supplier education, all associates are annually required to review and acknowledge our Associate Code of Conduct. This Code, based on our values, defines behaviors that are acceptable and those that are not. All of our policies, whether in the Code of Conduct or not, in our standard operating procedures or from other sources in our business, are based on our values.
IPS also publishes a Compliance Guidebook (Guidebook) annually and distributes it to all suppliers. The Guidebook is a collection of policies and standards that our suppliers are expected and legally obligated to comply with. The Supplier Code of Conduct and our full compliance program, including all standards we expect our factories to meet, are included in the Guidebook as well as contacts for our suppliers to engage if they have questions or need any assistance.
Annual Communication Sessions
During our annual Communication Sessions, various internal and external subject matter experts present on current key topics. In 2017, our primary panel discussion focused on increased awareness and prevention in the areas of forced labor and human trafficking. Panelists included speakers from Pacific Links Foundation, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Control Risks Group Limited. This event provided a platform through which our suppliers could increase their understanding about critical issues and provided them with helpful tools and resources.
In 2018 we will extend this training with emphasis on our no forced labor policy to key tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers.