Apparel brand Patagonia conducted multiple audits into their supply chain.
In response to the alarming results of an audit into recruitment and employment practices of migrant workers, Patagonia collaborated with Verité to develop a migrant worker standard. The standard outlined Patagonia’s expectations for its suppliers in its treatment of workers before, during and after a worker’s employment. Significantly, the standard bans payments of fees by workers and withholding of identification documents. It includes a requirement for contracts to be written in the employee’s language.
Patagonia publicly provides information on their standards to enhance suppliers’ understanding of the issues, offers incentives to firms that are making impressive progress, and collaborates with governments and NGOs to tackle forced migrant labour.