Corporate Social Responsibility came into use in the early 1970’s after many corporations were formed. Corporate Social Responsibility is a form of self-regulation performed by corporations. Most if not all corporations have a CSR program developed into their business model.
CSR programs are designed to ensure active compliances with the law, ethical standards and international norms, as well as the environment demands regarding energy and sustainability. The overall goal of a CSR program is to accept responsibility for any actions in which the company may take part in.
Just as a consumer has choices, at Forever 21, they take the business choices seriously, including in the way they obtain the products they sell. In Forever 21, they strive to have a positive impact not only within stores and corporate family, but also upon hundreds of vendor manufacturing facilities throughout the world which make their products, as well as their employees.
In this company, they see these choices as part of a work in progress and that there is always more to do:
- Supplier and Vendor Social Compliance and Ethical Sourcing
Forever 21 wants all of its employees also to work in safe and healthy environments and to provide products to the consumer, which are made by such employees.
Therefore, its Corporate Social Responsibility program includes the Forever 21 Vendor Audit Program. While many of its vendors have worked with Forever 21 for a number of years and are trusted, all suppliers and vendors must provide factory contact information and all factories must participate in the audit program.
Here are Some Important Elements of this Program:
o Forever 21 enters into a comprehensive agreement with each of their vendors and their factories under which they promise to utilize legally qualified workers, pay them wages which are fair and legal in their jurisdiction, and provide an environment that complies with their legal requirements. This agreement also covers issues of time off, free association rights, nondiscrimination, environmental protection and security, and prohibits the use of forced or slave labor, child labor, or prison labor.
o These Vendor Compliance Standards were developed to comply with industry standards, local labor laws, the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions.
o The company has a highly trained Vendor Compliance Team, which promotes and enforces lawful and ethical operations at their third-party factory sites. The Team accomplishes this enforcement by conducting inspections of our active non-US Vendor manufacturing facilities on a random basis to ensure The Vendor Compliance Standards are understood, respected and followed. The company also visits most factories before hiring them, to ensure their facility and operations meet with its standards.
o After each factory visit, the Vendor Compliance Team provides a written evaluation of the factory, including any action items which may need correction prior to the next visit. Forever 21 also do their best to provide ongoing information, advice, and support on fair labor, health and safety, and related issues.
At Forever 21, they believe this process assists in guarding against potential unsafe conditions, workplace injuries or mistreatment, and also results in an overall improvement in factory efficiency and product quality standards.