Require suppliers to issue 'Right to Organize' guarantees to workers.
New Balance requires suppliers to include freedom of association provisions in factory employee handbooks, a copy of which is to be given to each worker. Policies are also to be explained verbally to workers upon hire.
Proposal A4: Provide an accessible complaints process for workers.
No response given.
Proposal A9: Require suppliers to sign union access agreements.
New Balance requires supplier factories to adhere to local law regarding union access. However, they will not require that suppliers sign access agreements.
New Balance allows temporary contracts to deal with seasonal fluctuations but limits the use of temporary contracts to six months. They do require a clear plan justifying their use. They have not clarified whether contract workers receive the same benefits and salaries as regular workers.
Proposal B6: Establish long-term relationships with factories.
New Balance is currently considering the issue, but will make no commitment at this point.
Proposal C3: Report publicly on length of factory relationships.
New Balance notes that its relationship with “key” suppliers are long-term (10-20 years), but the company does not keep data on other suppliers and will not commit to publicly reporting the data it does have.
Proposal C4: Report publicly on how suppliers are chosen and/or eliminated.
New Balance provides some general information on its selection policy, but makes no commitment on CSR performance or on managing the impact of exiting factories.
New Balance suppliers pay the minimum wage required by law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, but the company will not commit to incorporating a living wage in its Code.
Proposal D3: Ensure prices are sufficient to pay a living wage.
New Balance does not appear to respond to the question posed to it.
Proposal D6: Take steps to improve workers’ wages.
New Balance is willing to engage in multi-brand collaboration to address living wage issues, but he company does not address the other components of the proposal.
The brand claims to implementing all components of this proposal or has agreed to implement them within Play Fair's proposed timeframe.
The brand is currently implementing or has agreed to implement some of the essential components of the proposal but has refused to implement, has overlooked, or has raised issues with one or more important components; or, the brand agrees to implement the proposal but not within Play Fair’s proposed timeframe.
The brand has refused to implement the essential components of the proposal.
The brand has misunderstood or failed to comment on the proposal; or the brand is considering the proposal, but has yet to make a decision.