Responsible Subcontracting
Does the brand have a policy that addresses subcontracting in the supply chain?

About the data

Subcontracting is the practice of assigning, or outsourcing, part of the obligations and tasks under a contract to another party known as a subcontractor.

Subcontracting is especially prevalent in areas where complex projects are the norm, such as construction and information technology. Subcontractors are hired by the project's general contractor, who continues to have overall responsibility for project completion and execution within its stipulated parameters and deadlines.

Source. Investopedia 2022

Responsible businesses can ensure that their subcontracted workers are paid a livable wage, receive equitable benefits, have the right to a voice at work without fear of discrimination or retaliation, do not suffer mass layoffs when contracts change hands, and are protected from misclassification and other forms of wage theft.

Source Working Partnerships USA.

Visit the company's website or conduct a browser search to find a Sustainability Report or any information sustainability policies that address subcontracting in the supply chain.

Once an answer is found, select one of the answer options for the correct year you are researching, and submit.

If you find a Subcontracting Policy for a company, set their value to Yes and add the source. 

If the company mentions its approach to subcontracting as part of a more general company policy (for example, a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics), set its value to Partial.

If you cannot find a Subcontracting Policy for a company, you should set their value on this metric to No and include some details of how/where you searched as a Report source.


*Unknown is only a correct answer if no reporting is found.

Value Type
Research Policy
Community Assessed
Report Type
Supply Chain Policy document
Sustainability Report