We have been a member of the amfori since 2013, and the amfori BSCI platform is actively used as the main social certification system. Suppliers are expected to work with the amfori BSCI (or other social certification systems as SEDEX, or SA8000), and in cases where a factory has not yet initiated the BSCI process, we expect them to join. Suppliers are audited annually by third party auditors, and we use the audit reports to promote dialogue on necessary improvements. In the amfori BSCI system, a supplier can get the result A-E. Acceptable level is A, B or C, or SEDEX or SA8000 certificates.
85% of our top-50 suppliers are at an acceptable BSCI level compared to last year’s 77%. The number of top-50 suppliers at a non-acceptable level has decreased from 10% to 4%. We continue to encourage the 11% of suppliers not yet working with BSCI to join the initiative, and we maintain regular dialogue with the suppliers at a non-acceptable level to provide guidance on potential improvement measures.