Supply Chain Innovation

PVH Corp.

Van Heusen brand, all Van Heusen apparel. PVH Corp.'s compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the PVH Corp. website: Phillips-Van Heusen is committed to an ongoing program of monitoring all our facilities and those of companies with whom we do business in accordance with our code of conduct, “A Shared Commitment”. This code defines PVH standards and values, which must be upheld in our facilities and those of our supplies, contractors and business partners.

Across the globe, millions of men and women migrate in order to find jobs. Many of them provide for their families by working in factories to manufacture clothing and footwear for some of the largest international brands. While some of these workers are successful in finding suitable employment, many others face difficulties ranging from homesickness to bad working conditions, and may even be forced into trafficking – otherwise known as modern-day slavery. Notre Dame students attend the FLA forum to learn more about labor conditions in apparel supply chains The FLA hosted a...
The recent FLA Board of Directors meeting in the Dominican Republic (DR) offered a rich variety of experiences for the many attendees and visitors. The events included not only the meeting itself, but also a fascinating visit to a local factory and a stimulating stakeholders meeting at which key issues relating to the local economy and industry were discussed.         The factory visit, to the D’Clase factory in Gurabo, DR, just outside of Santiago, offered many University...


In May 2008, FLA received Third Party Complaints (3PC) from eight former workers at Estofel, S.A., a factory located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The complainants raised allegations of labor violations, including failure to pay severance benefits owed to workers at the plant, which was closed in November 2007. Labor rights organization Commission for the Verification of Corporate Codes of Conduct (COVERCO) alerted FLA about the closure of the factory shortly after it occurred. FLA-affiliated company PVH Corp., and FLA-licensee University of Washington also addressed this issue. PVH Corp.

FLA staff has assessed PVH’s labor compliance program and its operations in 2005-2007 against the obligations of Participating Companies in the FLA and the benchmarks for accreditation agreed upon by the Board of Directors. In particular, the assessment sought to determine whether PVH’s labor compliance program continued to meet or exceed performance standards demonstrated during the initial implementation period.

On December 15, 2006, FLA published a report on the Third Party Complaint (3PC) filed by a group of workers at the MSI Garment Co., Ltd. factory in Cambodia. The 3PC alleged freedom of association violations, specifically related to the existence of a union controlled by management, workers being forced to pay union dues and inappropriate use of short-term contracts. The assessment provided by PVH Corp. (PVH) after speaking to relevant stakeholders could not substantiate any of the allegations.

On December 15, 2006, Fair Labor Association (FLA) published a report on the Third Party Complaint (3PC) filed by the Cambodia Industry Union Federation (CIUF) regarding Great Lancelot International Co., Ltd. (“Great Lancelot”), a factory located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.The CIUF filed a complaint alleging violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining, as well as health and safety violations. While PVH Corp.

Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH) was a founding member of the Apparel Industry Partnership and has been an active participant in the FLA since its inception. PVH’s standards and Code of Conduct, outlined in “A Shared Commitment,” were developed in 1991. In 1998 A Shared Commitment was revised. The FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the accreditation of Phillips-Van Heusen’s compliance program on May 12, 2005, based on proven adherence to FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct and the Obligations of Companies.