Require suppliers to issue 'Right to Organize' guarantees to workers.
Puma says that “setting the proper atmosphere for the responsible exercise of freedom of association is our main role, and as such we do not initiate the formation of unions in factories but we do ensure that the workers’ right to form association will not be hindered.” However they do not require suppliers to issue Right to Organize Guarantees and question the applicability of this provision in their “main sourcing countries” where freedom of association is restricted by law.”
Proposal A4: Provide an accessible complaints process for workers.
Puma says that it has a third party complaint system in place and has supported various grievance management improvement programs at the local level.
Proposal A9: Require suppliers to sign union access agreements.
Puma says that “Given that the trade union movement in major sourcing countries is immature according to international union standards, we are not inclined to enforce mandatory access to our suppliers to these kinds of unions…”
Although PUMA claims that “the vast majority of our indirect employees are hired on unlimited-period working contracts,” the company will not commit to the elimination of short-term contracts, their clearly defined use, providing same salary and benefits to short-term contracts, or automatic open-ended contracts for workers after 2 fixed term contracts or two years’ employment. According to the company “labor flexibility remains one of the key components to ensure that individual companies survive and grow...”
Proposal B6: Establish long-term relationships with factories.
Puma is currently working on policies for managing closures taking into consideration the MFA Forum guidelines, but the company has not committed to making these policies public.
Proposal C3: Report publicly on length of factory relationships.
Puma says it has long-term relationships with 'key suppliers’ and that it can provide information on the length of relationships with strategic partners. However they cannot yet track information on licensee or subsidiary suppliers
Proposal C4: Report publicly on how suppliers are chosen and/or eliminated.
Puma will report on its supplier selection process in its upcoming Sustainability Report. The company makes no comment on its termination policy or strategy for managing impact of exiting factories.
Puma says the majority of suppliers pay above the minimum wage, however they have not committed to paying a living wage
Proposal D3: Ensure prices are sufficient to pay a living wage.
PUMA “does not see itself in a position to determine which wage level would be sufficient to provide a “living wage” in over 50 sourcing countries,” and will not commit to a third-party review of prices paid to suppliers.
Proposal D6: Take steps to improve workers’ wages.
Puma says it is actively looking at ways to improve worker welfare.
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