We also collaborate with industry groups to drive programs that positively impact workers globally. These efforts include:
ANN INC. is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands,
retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear
products around the world.
We are working to adopt elements of the Higg Index into our operations and within the factories that produce our products to help drive sustainability throughout our Company.
We participate in and are a brand partner of Better Work and the Better Work Buyer’s Forum.
Better Work is an International Labor Organization (ILO)/ International Finance Organization (IFC) partnership that reduces duplicate audits and conflicting remediation messages by centralizing assessment and corrective action. Participating brands and retailers accept Better Work’s assessments in lieu of their own audits and defer remediation to Better Work’s continuous-improvement advisory process.
ANN INC. participates in the HERproject (“HER” stands for Health Enables Returns), a program that provides in-factory
women’s health education. This is a key issue for women in developing countries where there is often a lack of awareness
regarding women’s health issues and how to lead healthier lives. We also anticipate that the HERproject will deliver business
efficiencies to our Suppliers, including reduced absenteeism and turnover and increased productivity.
ANN INC. is currently funding HERprojects in five factories located in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Learn more.
|ANN INC. does not knowingly sell products that use raw materials sourced from any country that condones the use of forced child labor, and we have implemented a policy prohibiting the sourcing of cotton from these countries. In addition, ANN INC. joined the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and global apparel companies to sign a pledge not to knowingly source cotton harvested using forced child labor from Uzbekistan.|