To support our Vendor Rating system, we have implemented a comprehensive multi-level audit program. This program ensures compliance with our Code of Conduct and assesses the environmental and social performance of our suppliers.
Subcontracting is generally prohibited, unless explicitly permitted. We conduct regular visits and maintain consistent communication with our suppliers to verify production quality and progress.
For each factory, we conduct initial assessments and subsequent evaluations regarding their compliance with the code of conduct and their environmental/social performance. Typically, subsequent assessments occur on an annual basis, unless specific requirements call for more frequent evaluations. Most of our audits are usually semi-announced, with a defined period agreed upon for the audit activity, without specifying the exact visit date.
If critical issues are identified during an audit, we collaborate with the factory management to create an action plan aimed at resolving the issues within a given timeframe. If necessary, we provide guidance and training to ensure long-term compliance and implementation.