ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE


SOCIAL INITIATIVES AT THE CHILDREN’S PLACE

At The Children’s Place, our commitment to positive social practices includes partnering with our global third party vendors in supporting the workers within our supply chain and giving through philanthropic activities. Our guiding principal is to protect and enhance our brand by positively impacting the lives of the people who make our product and the communities affected by our business. To achieve this goal, we strive to work with global third party vendors who commit to:

  • Comply with local and international standards for safe and fair factory working conditions in the supply chain
  • Develop well-being programs for workers

In addition, we work throughout our operations to:

  • Give support to children and families in need through our corporate philanthropy partners                                          

Details on these focus areas are available in the sections listed below. Learn more about our approach to working with our vendors during the COVID-19 pandemic and our commitment to respecting human rights throughout our operations as outlined in our Human Rights Policy.

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COMPLY

Our commitment to having a positive social influence starts with the protection of factory workers and their rights within the workplace. We place significant time and effort into identifying and working with those vendors and factories who are committed to providing fair and safe working conditions for their factory workers. Our Vendor Code of Conduct provides the standards against which we hold our global third party vendors and factories accountable. In line with the 2012 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, our Vendor Code of Conduct specifically prohibits slavery, human trafficking, forced and involuntary labor. The recent reports of widespread human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China have heightened our resolve to address this critically important issue.

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To support our commitment to responsible sourcing, we have developed a Vendor Code of Conduct. The Vendor Code of Conduct promotes compliance by our global vendors with applicable laws and supports the principles stated in international standards, such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) core conventions, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. In line with the 2012 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, our Vendor Code of Conduct specifically prohibits slavery, human trafficking, forced and involuntary labor. We remain committed to increasing transparency in our supply chain to help prevent human trafficking and forced labor.

Learn more about our commitment.

The Children's Place administers a factory audit program to evaluate and monitor factory working conditions against our Vendor Code of Conduct. We require audits by our Responsible Sourcing team (or a third party provider) for all new suppliers producing and/or processing our merchandise as part of the production approval process. We re-audit existing suppliers to verify compliance to our standards and identify areas for improvement. While we recognize that no audit program can guarantee that every factory used by every vendor for The Children's Place is in full compliance with our Vendor Code of Conduct, we continually strive to enhance our audit program. Our Responsible Sourcing team offers guidance and training to vendors and factories to resolve issues identified during audits. We engage with industry experts, such as Better Work, to enhance our processes through consulting services that build strong management systems and worker-management relations. We also include Responsible Sourcing as one of five categories measured in our Vendor Performance Scorecard alongside traditional manufacturing metrics to encourage continuous improvement.

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DEVELOP

Our commitment to having a positive social influence moves beyond the factory walls by improving the well-being of workers. We work to promote education, personal development and capacity building programs that advance our social activities beyond an approach based solely on compliance. We believe these programs positively affect the well-being of the communities where we operate by focusing on workers’ needs.

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The Children’s Place sponsors factory workplace programs focused on health, nutrition, positive gender relations and parent-child separation. We partner with non-profit organizations that have expertise of running factory education programs in the countries we operate in. Through this approach, The Children’s Place strives to create impact through a partnership with leading organizations whose goal it is to drive positive change in the garment industry.

The Children’s Place promotes programs such as BSR’s HERproject, CARE’s Healthy Food, Healthy Workplace program and The Center For Child Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility’s (CCR CSR) Parent’s At Work program. Learn more about these organizations.


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GIVE

Our commitment to having a positive social influence extends to supporting children and families in need. We advance our philanthropic mission by donating The Children’s Place product to non-profit organizations within North America, sponsoring impactful programs benefiting children and encouraging our associates to give back to causes they are passionate about.

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To support our commitment to environmental sustainability, we have developed a Vendor Environmental Policy. The policy outlines our expectation that vendors commit to the reduction of environmental impacts from their manufacturing processes. The Vendor Environmental Policy focuses on environmental issues that are more material to our business based on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) guidelines for apparel and footwear. These include managing risks related to chemicals, wastewater discharge and raw material sourcing. Supporting more responsible chemical management and wastewater practices benefits both the environment in the regions we source from and the people and businesses who make our product. Because cotton is the primary raw material used in our product, promoting the use of responsibility-sourced cotton can alleviate issues in its cultivation through better management of water, pesticide use and workplace standards for farmers. To achieve our goals, The Children’s Place may require manufacturers to undergo third party environmental assessments to verify they meet local laws and regulations.

The Children’s Place has joined collaborations such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), The Afirm Group and the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to partner with like-minded organizations that strive to improve the environmental impact of the industry. Learn more about these organizations and their programs below.

OUR INITIATIVE PARTNERS

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Better Work is a global initiative mobilizing brands, governments, factory owners and workers to improve working conditions in the garment industry. The program, a partnership between the UN's ILO and the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, manages factory assessments and trainings to empower factories to improve the lives of their workers. The Children's Place supports Better Work's priorities of setting up structures to boost worker-management dialog and implement lasting workplace improvements.

Learn more about Better Work.

The Children's Place is a signatory of the Social & Labor Convergence Project (SLCP). This multi-stakeholder initiative is a collaboration between manufacturers, retailers, industry groups, and civil society organizations to develop a simple, unified and effective assessment framework to factory monitoring. Our shared goal is to increase the effectiveness of factory audits, reduce audit fatigue and better utilize collective resources in the apparel supply chain.

Learn more about SLCP.

As a member of Nirapon, The Children’s Place is committed to sustaining a culture of factory safety in Bangladesh. Building on the work of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, Nirapon is a locally managed organization tasked with overseeing the ongoing safety, training and helpline efforts of the factories from which Nirapon members source.

Learn more about Nirapon.

Nest is a nonprofit organization focused on developing ethical sourcing practices in the artisan and work-from-home supply chains. The Children's Place is a Nest Steering Committee member and supports a vision to increase economic opportunities for artisans who adopt social responsibility as a part of their business practices.

Learn more about Nest.

BSR's HERproject aims to unlock the full potential of garment workers through workplace programs promoting health, financial inclusion and gender equality. Through HERproject, The Children’s Place partners with its global vendors and local NGOs to help drive positive impact for women and for its business.

Learn more about HERproject.

CARE’s Healthy Food, Healthy Workplace project aims to improve knowledge of nutritious foods and hygiene to improve worker health. Managed by CARE International, a global poverty-fighting organization, the program also engages with factories to improve food options available to garment factory workers. The Children's Place has invested in this program in Cambodia to support healthy eating choices and combat instances of workplace fainting in the garment sector.

Learn more about the Healthy Food, Healthy Workplace project.

The Centre for Child Rights and Business (shortened as 'The Centre’ and formerly known as CCR CSR) supports businesses to deliver improvements within their supply chains that not only benefit workers, families and children, but also deliver positive business outcomes. The Centre offers global expertise, services and support covering a broad range of child rights and worker well-being issues. The Children’s Place partners with The Centre on programs focused on parent training and childcare with our Vendor Factories.

Learn more about The Centre.


OUR PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS

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Since 2001, The Children’s Place has donated more than $2M in clothing to the Good+ Foundation to distribute throughout their national network of partners. In 2017, we began sponsoring their “Shop with Pops” program by providing dads with gift cards to use during a day of shopping and bonding with their kids. Learn More

The Children’s Place is proud to help families supported by IronMatt’s assistance program. Every month, Associates pack up new pajamas for each “IronKid” undergoing pediatric brain cancer treatment. $100 Gift cards are also provided to each IronKid (and their siblings!) so they can all treat themselves to new outfits. In addition, we donate to Iron Matt’s annual fundraising event. Learn More

The Children’s Place provides corporate donations and matches Associate gifts in support of the NAACP’s mission to secure equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Learn More

The Children’s Place is a Table to Table Silver Sponsor and the top donor to the yearly “Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch” program. And every Thanksgiving, our Associates donate money they would have spent on lunch to Table to Table which The Children’s Place matches. Learn More

In 2019, The Children’s Place became the corporate sponsor of the CAFS “Baby Basics” program which provides diapers, formula and other necessities to children up to the age of 2. Learn More

Over the past 17 years (and counting!), The Children’s Place has covered the full cost to send twenty children in the YCS program to summer camp. We also donate new clothing to all the YCS kids, as well as grant holiday gift wishes to over 150 children in their programs. Learn More

Our corporate headquarters is located in the heart of Secaucus, NJ and we are proud to support the Secaucus Youth Alliance by donating clothing throughout the year and providing money to purchase toys for local kids in need during the holidays.