W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. fully supports efforts to eliminate forced labor and human trafficking. Everyone in our enterprise is expected to demonstrate integrity in all relationships when dealing with suppliers, customers and stakeholders, as well as with other Gore Associates.
We are collectively committed to fostering a safe and healthy work environment where all Associates can develop their talents, enjoy their work, and responsibly direct their activities.
Gore’s purchasing terms require that suppliers comply with applicable laws and regulations. As such, many of our external suppliers have not been required to certify or to undergo audit in order to verify the absence of forced labor or human trafficking. Gore routinely monitors various resources to identify sectors and regions in which we do business for known human trafficking so that appropriate actions can be taken.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor,” has noted that garments and textiles have been determined to be sectors at risk. Gore has addressed this risk by adopting Gore Guidelines on Social Responsibility (GSR). These guidelines set forth our expectations regarding fair labor requirements, positive working environments, compliance with legal and environmental regulations, and other topics. Gore expects its suppliers, business partners, distributors, and any other representatives to maintain this same level of social responsibility. Most finished apparel products made with Gore fabrics are placed on the market by our customers, many of which have programs in place to address forced labor and human trafficking. Gore has also joined the Higg Adoption Cycle, in cooperation with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, to drive transparency of fair labor conditions within the value chain.
GORE BIKE WEAR® and GORE RUNNING WEAR® have affiliated with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), adopting that organization’s Code of Conduct for garment manufacture. These Gore businesses require their garment manufacturing facilities to conduct business in alignment with the FLA Code of Conduct or an equivalent code of conduct and to perform third party audits to verify the garment manufacturers’ compliance. Additionally, social audit spot checks are performed by the Fair Labor Association.
Associates involved in supply chain management of finished apparel products, including GORE BIKE WEAR® and GORE RUNNING WEAR®, have received training which includes the subjects of human trafficking and forced labor. A confidential reporting channel, specific to social responsibility matters, has been designated to handle reports of non-compliance.