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Monitoring and improving labor standards

The factories and workers who help to make our footwear, apparel and accessories are a vital part of our supply chain. As with all our suppliers, we require the management of all factories producing ASICS products to uphold the same sustainability standards we demand of our own operations, as well as complying with all relevant international and local laws and regulations related to workers’ rights, safety and welfare.

Monitoring

When choosing any new supplier, we assess their social and environmental performance against our standards before engaging in a business relationship. Once a formal relationship is established, we check continuously that our products are being manufactured in compliance with our social, quality and environmental standards.

When our assessments find areas of non-compliance, we categorize them by different levels of urgency. Depending on the nature of the non-compliance, we impose sanctions of varying severity. These range from terminating the business relationship in the case of serious violations, to reviews of future orders, third party investigations and formal warnings.

When minor non-compliance issues are identified, we begin a remediation period during which the relevant supplier is expected to take corrective measures. When necessary, ASICS staff or partners help this remediation process by, for example, providing training and resources.

Risk management

Benchmarked with the industry’s best practices and instruments, ASICS operates a system for evaluating its supply base. We translate the information we receive from supplier assessments and observations into a uniform rating for our supply base.

The indices give us quantitative understanding of risks to workers, compliance subjects and trends at the individual facility level, as well as overall trends. Using this evaluation system, we can quickly decide if a factory needs support to raise its standards, or if there is a larger industry-wide issue that requires collaboration with other brands or local organizations.

In addition to this, ASICS collaborates with and supports a wide range of organizations and initiatives working towards a fair and sustainable sporting goods industry such as Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and Better Work of International Labor Organization (ILO).

Read more in our latest Sustainability report