As the leading global manufacturer of threads, zips and related products, Coats plays a key role in the apparel and footwear supply chain. Our success in the marketplace relies on responsible behaviour and good corporate citizenship. We also want to extend this to our customers and suppliers.
Coats recently developed a detailed Supplier Code. The Code describes the standards and values we expect from our suppliers in terms of labour practices, environmental management, responsible sourcing and business conduct.
During 2016, Coats Vietnam and Coats Indonesia successfully rolled out the Code to some of their key suppliers. The Coats team presented the Code and explained the background to the initiative. In breakout sessions the attendees learned how to apply the Code in their own facilities.
After the workshop sessions the suppliers were asked to assess their own CR performance and review how closely they currently comply with the Code. If they found any compliance failures, Coats asked suppliers to map out an improvement plan. Coats will provide ongoing support to help them fully comply with the Code and align their CR performance with our values.
Coats is committed to working closely with our partners to develop responsible business practices. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our standards of environmental and ethical supply chain management.
We invited our key suppliers to one of three Supplier Code workshops in Vietnam, two took place in Ho Chi Minh City and one in Hanoi. There was a total of 42 suppliers and 61 attendees at the respective workshops. Procurement Managers from Coats Korea were also trained at the Ho Chi Minh City workshops and they held their own workshop in Korea a few weeks later.
Feedback from all the attendees was very positive with 67% of them strongly agreeing that the Coats Supplier Code will be a useful tool for their organisation to improve in the areas of business ethics, safety, environmental management and labour practices. Feedback from the suppliers’ gap analyses is now being discussed with the suppliers.
Vietnam – Hanoi workshop (l) and Coats factory visit in Ho Chi Minh City (r)
We invited our suppliers to one of two Supplier Code workshops, one in Bogor and another in Jakarta. There was a total of 64 attendees representing 34 suppliers at the workshops. Procurement Managers from Coats Malaysia and Coats Thailand were also trained at the Bogor workshop and they will host workshops in the next couple of months.
The breakout sessions led to constructive discussions around anti-bribery and labour practices. Feedback from the suppliers’ gap analyses is now being discussed with the suppliers.
Indonesia – Bogor and Jakarta workshops