We believe that as an industry we must improve standards, monitor working conditions and provide sustained remediation. However, this can’t be done without increased collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders.
In our last FY14/15 , we issued a call to action to increase the robustness of the compliance ecosystem in our industry by aligning codes of conduct, compliance protocols and transparency around remediation.
Today, we are working with a wide range of partners, including our suppliers, other businesses, governments, multi-stakeholder organizations, unions, civil society organizations and others to address risks and to strengthen the resiliency and capability of our supply chain.
We continue to invest in our relationships with partners such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the Better Work Programme and the Social Labor Convergence Project. These organizations are integral to developing management capabilities within supplier facilities, measuring social performance and investing in working conditions across the industry. Additionally, we work with these organizations on joint standards, tools, programs and advocacy.
Some affiliations take place at a country level. For example, in Indonesia, Nike was an original signatory of the 2011 Freedom of Association Protocol in Indonesia, which was signed by unions, suppliers, and leading brands manufacturing in the country. The Protocol provides an implementation framework for suppliers to support union activities to fully respect the rights of workers to join unions of their choosing and to bargain collectively. We meet regularly with the National Committee to review progress and discuss further opportunities for improvement.
We are also working on addressing risks deeper in the supply chain, with a focus on advancing industry approaches and collaborative tools through existing associations. Nike is working with partners such as the FLA and the Better Cotton Initiative, which are seeking to address critical human rights risks. For example, we joined a project facilitated by the FLA in conjunction with İyi Pamuk Uygulamalari Derneği (IPUD), as well as several other international brands on improving employment practices in the Turkish cotton sector. The project focuses on preventing and addressing child labor, and improving labor recruitment practices for migrant workers at the farm level.
Beyond our own standards and programs, Nike advocates publicly for strengthening local laws protecting the rights of workers. In 2017 we joined the FLA, other brands and retailers to advocate for legislative reforms regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining in Mexico. We joined 20 other apparel and footwear brands and organizations in a letter to the Turkish Government to adjust the work permit program to improve conditions for Syrian refugees seeking work in Turkey. We also advocate for the inclusion of labor and environmental provisions when free trade agreements are negotiated.
We continue to look for opportunities to help support our suppliers. For instance, our partnership with the International Finance Corporation, established in 2016, offers factories that comply with our Code of Conduct better financing terms. So far, 23 factories are currently taking advantage of this program due to their continued sustainable performance.
No one organization can solve all the societal and environmental challenges we face. Solutions require input and collaboration from a diverse range of stakeholders including governments, businesses, trade unions, civil society and consumers. We will continue to work with other stakeholders to identify creative tools and approaches to advance human rights and sustainable business.