“Building on our COVID-19 safety and containment measures, in FY 2021/22, we focused on providing our key vendors with mental health coaching sessions to support team members throughout the pandemic. Led by an external, specialist consultancy, the training provided our key vendors’ Corporate Responsibility teams with knowledge and tools to manage their emotional wellbeing and that of the people in their supply chains. The training covered topics such as how to control emotions under stress, how to build empathy, how to motivate themselves and others in challenging environments.
We are also making full use of our confidential worker hotlines to ensure that we remain responsive to workers’ needs.
In addition, an Infection Control Management Policy was communicated to all vendors and key raw material suppliers in 2020 to support them in providing a safe working environment and we continued to closely monitor its implementation at supply chain partners’ sites.”
“In June 2020, we became signatories of the COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry call to action, set out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and endorsed by organisations such as the Fair Labour Association and International Trade Union Confederation. The initiative is working towards bringing the industry together in regards to implementing more efficient social security systems as a collaborative group.”