Worker Dignity WE RESPECT ALL WORKERS INVOLVED IN OUR SUPPLY CHAIN.
Global Sourcing Guidelines (GSG) are distributed annually to our suppliers
We have consolidated our private label supplier base to work more closely with fewer suppliers with deeper partnerships
Private label products sourced by
Foot Locker are produced in
5%Other (Thailand, United States,
Portugal, and Turkey)
We have a long-standing commitment to adhere to the highest social standards in the manufacture of the products we sell. We are concerned with the safety and fair treatment of all workers involved in our supply chain, wherever the workers are located. We work hard to choose reputable business partners who are committed to ethical standards and business practices. At a minimum, we expect our suppliers to comply, and to ensure that their subcontractors comply, with all legal requirements applicable to their business. We will only do business with suppliers whose workers are, in all cases, present voluntarily, compensated fairly and allowed the right of free association. They must also not be put at risk of physical harm, discriminated against, or exploited in any way. To this end, we have developed GSG, which are distributed annually and require all branded and private-label vendors and suppliers globally to respect certain standards, notwithstanding more relaxed standards, if any, imposed by applicable local law. We have also developed several other policies to address specific CSR concerns, including the Anti-Corruption Policy and Conflict Minerals Policy. The GSG are incorporated into our Vendor Standards Manual. While the majority of the products we sell come from our branded suppliers, we ensure compliance with our GSG by performing regular factory audits by a third party or our in-house auditors for our private-label vendors and suppliers. We also reserve the right to make periodic, unannounced inspections to verify compliance with the GSG. Suppliers agree to maintain and provide, upon request, all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance. In recent years, we have taken steps to consolidate our supplier base so that we are working more closely with fewer suppliers, and deepen our partnerships with suppliers to forge a more collaborative approach grounded in continuous engagement and improvement.
All factories approved for production of our private label apparel and accessories are audited to ensure the factories meet our basic compliance requirements. We have established a comprehensive compliance protocol in partnership with our third-party auditors. The protocol is revised and updated as needs change. Depending on the size of the factory, the on-site audits generally occur over one to three working days. The audit protocol includes the following:
- An opening meeting with the factory management to explain the audit’s scope and expectations and gather basic data
- A review of policies and procedures in respect to labor recruitment, working hours, wage calculation and payment, worker grievance and harassment management, overall workers’ health, safety, and security management
- A walk-through of the factory (including dormitories if applicable)
- Confidential worker interviews
- A closing meeting/debrief with the factory management
From time to time, our compliance manager participates in shadow audits with the third-party auditors to better understand the audit process on the ground and provide feedback where applicable to further improve the effectiveness of the audit program.
At the conclusion of an audit, the findings, best practices, and deficiencies discovered in the audit are shared with and signed off by the factory management. A corrective action plan is sent to the factory for their proposed action and implementation. All remediation action plans are reviewed by our compliance manager and Sourcing team to ensure our expectations are satisfied. We maintain close communication and discuss an acceptable action plan with the factory management.