Gildan’s goal is to visit 100% of its manufacturing facilities. This includes manufacturing facilities for third-party contractors at least once in an 18-month period.
Audits are prioritized based on the evaluation of risk. In 2015, 80% of our manufacturing facilities were audited at least once by our internal auditors or by third party auditors on Gildan’s behalf. The facilities that have not yet been audited will be visited before the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2016. This will ensure that all facilities have been visited at least once in an 18-month period. In addition, all new sourcing facilities have been audited prior to the start of any production for Gildan. For more information, please refer to our Methodology section.
In 2015, 337 monitoring audits were performed. This number also includes audits performed at third party contractor facilities that were not retained for production.
A total of 201 complete social compliance audits were conducted at Gildan and third party contractor facilities in the United States, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean Basin. Of these, 120 audits were conducted by our internal auditors or by third-party auditors on Gildan’s behalf. 81 audits were conducted by external auditors for the FLA, ILO Better Work Programme, WRAPor by customers.
Furthermore, 136 follow-up audits were conducted at Gildan and contractor facilities. Of these, 82 audits were conducted by our internal auditors or by third party auditors on Gildan’s behalf, and 54 were conducted by external auditors for the ILO Better Work Programme.
In addition, as part of the continuous improvement of our social compliance program, and as a leading best practice, in the second half of fiscal 2014, we commenced the process of auditing key raw material suppliers. During 2014 overall, we audited five key raw material suppliers. The audits identified weaknesses in the areas of documentation of employee contracts and files, excessive overtime, as well as health and safety and environment issues.
We are currently working with these suppliers in order to develop a remediation plan to address the findings. All facilities collaborated in remediating the issues found and they made positive progress over the course of 2015. In addition, four additional audits were conducted at raw material suppliers in 2015.
Based on the positive results of this pilot project, we are currently developing a procedure utilizing a risk-based approach in order to select raw material suppliers to be audited on a go forward basis.