CODE OF CONDUCT
Since 1993, PUMA’s Code of Conduct has set clear standards. PUMA’s supply chain partners agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct as soon as they enter a purchasing contract with us.
Twenty-five years ago, we started to review the working conditions in the factories manufacturing PUMA products – and have made sustainable improvements to our gameplay since then.
PUMA’s 139 core suppliers factories manufacture around 80% of our apparel, footwear and accessory products. Of the 139 factories, 131 are located in Asia, two in Europe and six in America. Asia remains our strongest sourcing region, and China and Vietnam are the main supplier countries.
To make sure that our suppliers play along with our strict standards for working, social and environmental conditions, our PUMA Team and external partners audit the facilities on a regular basis.Performance Analysis
At the heart of our sustainability strategy is our respect for human rights. As a core principle of our Code of Conduct, this affects us and all players of our supply chain. There, we have identified the high-risk areas that need to be addressed.
Suppliers are encouraged to achieve good compliance and sustainability ratings – an A or B rating within our auditing program. With the appropriate rating, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and banking group BNP Paribas offer attractive financing conditions to them.
Just like all trainings, our capacity building programs and projects intend to strengthen the knowledge, abilities, skills and behavior of our suppliers. This is how we set a groundwork upon which our suppliers can build.
PUMA factories, that are enrolled in the ILO / IFC Better Work Program, go through a process of learning in the fields of assessments, advisory services, industry seminars and training.
The program covers areas such as child labor issues, discrimination, forced labor, freedom of association, collective bargaining and national labor law regulations on compensation, contract and workplace relations, occupational safety and health, working hours and more.
PUMA initiatives support suppliers in reviewing existing policies and practices or establishing new ones to realize women’s empowerment.
We conduct monthly workshops in factories where local NGO representatives train workers on human and women’s rights. We team up with local non-governmental organizations to support women workers in our suppliers’ factories in Turkey, Georgia and Egypt. We also facilitate child care access and reduce violence against women together with partner organizations.
Since 2008, more than 5000 factory workers have participated in women empowerment and human rights capacity building projects organized by PUMA.
To remediate living and working conditions of refugees in Turkey, we lined up with several brands, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and relevant local authorities.
Since January 2016, Syrian refugees have been officially allowed to work in Turkey. For PUMA, this was the starting signal to work with relevant stakeholders and implement work permits for the refugees. We encourage our Turkish suppliers to offer two to three percent of their jobs to Syrian refugees, and some of the suppliers have already started to employ Syrian refugees with official work permits.
PUMA has also organized workshops in cooperation with the FLA for our suppliers to prevent any kind of illegal refugee employment.
Everyone deserves fair compensation for their work and PUMA is committed to the payment of fair wages on a global scale. We affiliate with the Fair Labor Association and have implemented the FLA Fair Compensation strategy. This is a multi-year project with three phases and we benefit from their know-how on how to operationalize our commitment for fair compensation.
Our participation in the Freedom of Association Protocol officially began June 7, 2011. An historic protocol on freedom of association was signed by Indonesian trade unions, employers and multinational sportswear brands including PUMA. The protocol supports the rights of women and men producing for global brands in Indonesia to join unions and bargain collectively for better working conditions. In turn, we as a company are given a practical set of guidelines on how to uphold and respect the rights of workers.