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Supplier Assessments- The Tshirt Goat

TTG's commitment to global human and labor rights, and to ensuring that our products are made in safe and responsible factories, is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 8.

We partner with suppliers who respect local laws and share our dedication to utilizing the best practices in human rights, labor rights and workplace safety.

TTG is not fully vertically integrated, meaning we do not own the factories which manufacture our designs. TTG works closely with suppliers and manufacturing facilities to bring our products to fruition.

COVID-19 Response

TTGremains dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our workers across the globe. It is no question that that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unprecedented risks and challenges to our worker safety. As we remain in constant communication with our suppliers to ensure new health and safety measures are being implemented, TTGhas also leveraged the Inspectorio Rise platform to implement our COVID-19 Assessment to countries that have been dramatically affected by COVID-19 such as Banglades, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. These assessments support the preparedness of our facility members to return to work efficiently and safely. In addition, the platform helps us identify areas of improvement, and apply solutions based on industry best practices and recommendations. Worker safety is a top priority and we will continue to adapt our program as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic develops.

 

1. Sustainability

All business partners are contractually required to adhere to our Vendor Code of Conduct.

2. Sourcing

Subcontractors to the factories are included in this process.

3. Quality Assurance

Before production, a factory must go through a rigorous Quality Assurance inspection.

4. Social Audit

Initial social audit takes place prior to production.

Work together to ensure factory meets company standards.

Third Party Audits

TTG uses third party monitoring firms to conduct its social audit. These auditors are fluent in local languages and knowledgeable of local laws and regulations.

TGG audits 100% of its Tier 1 cut & sew factories. 5% of the audits are announced; 68% are semi-announced and 27% are unannounced. A current list of all Tier 1 factories are updated once and year.

 

When an audit is performed, the following steps are taken:

  • TTG requests audit from third-party monitoring firm
  • Monitoring firm contacts factory directly
  • Provides 2-week window when audit will occur
  • Factory signs appointment letter to confirm audit
  • Factory begins preparing documentation

 

An audit usually lasts one working day

Open Meeting

Discuss purpose and procedure of the audit and required documentation

Document Review

Payroll, time records, legal documents, production records, purchase order

Health & Safety Evaluation

Factory tour

Employee Interviews Safety Evaluation

Must be conducted in private

Closing Meeting

Discuss findings; factory is provided copy of the corrective action plan (CAP)

Better Work Program

TTG is a signed Buyer Partner of   Better Work, a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) that brings together governments, employers, workers and international buyers to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in global supply chains.

Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) conducted a productivity analysis from a broad sample of participating factories between 2015-2018. This analysis shows that production efficiency, measured as the time elapsed to achieve hourly and daily production targets reported by workers, rises by about 10 percent after the first year of participation in the programme, and by up to an additional 11 percent after two years. This represents a cumulative effect that ranges between 16 and 21 percent for the average factory. Simultaneously, factories appear to be increasing production targets as they engage with BFC. Planned production increases by 10 percent, resulting in productivity gains that range between 26 and 31 percent.

Data source:   The Business Benefits of Better Factories Cambodia, September 2019

Better Work Buyer Partners engage strategically with both the Better Work Programme and with national stakeholders to drive change within the industry. Buyer Partners commit to the principles of Better Work, including promoting the implementation of Decent Work, transparency, collaboration and accountability. Buyer Partners also actively work to engage their supply chains in participating countries, where Better Work provides assessment, advisory and training services to registered suppliers, in order to improve workplace conditions. Better Work offers suppliers a transparent and credible way to provide buyers with information about compliance and improvements. Through the Better Work Buyers' Forums, at the national and international levels, Buyer Partners can come together to discuss challenges to compliance with labour standards and help identify innovative solutions.

Self-reporting is key to building factory capacity and accountability. The Self-Diagnosis and Progress Report One reports enable factories to develop their own goals and identify improvement during the assessment. As seen in the graph below, in 2020, 73% of TTG factories participating in Better Work completed self-reporting, building vendor ownership. The goal is to give factories time to strengthen their reporting and gain confidence. We encourage factories to be transparent by addressing the issues factories may have identified.

Buyer Partners actively work to engage their supply chains in participating countries, where Better Work provides assessment, advisory and training services to registered suppliers, in order to improve workplace conditions. Better Work offers suppliers a transparent and credible way to provide buyers with information about compliance and improvements.

In 2020, 85% of TTG. Better Work factories participated in the training program as seen in the graph below. Training topics are based on a factory’s specific need and include: Some topic include industrial relations, compensation & benefits, sexual harassment prevention, supervisory skills, safety and health, etc.

Through the Better Work Buyers' Forums, at the national and international levels, Buyer Partners can come together to discuss challenges to compliance with labour standards and help identify innovative solutions.

In 2020, the active factories in the Better Work program across Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan and Vietnam was 103.

After the Audit

Following the audit, factories are assigned specific grades based on findings. TTG Copartners with its Agents and Vendors to address these issues. For further details, see Continuous Improvement.

Expanding Tiers

In 2015, TTG made a conscious shift to begin auditing more of our 2nd tier suppliers. We began by communicating our policy of full transparency in our supply chains to vendors, and asked vendors to provide all subcontractor information to TTG. TTG recognized the need for increased transparency in tier 2, and continues to expand our audit reach.

Tier 1

Cut/Sew

Tier 2

Finishing

Tier 3

Raw Material

Sizing

 

ALL products by "The Tshirt Goat"; Cashmere+Coal® Apparel are USA Sized and will always be true to size. Our Tshirt's that are Unisex sizing tend to be on the "baggier" side but longer than a regular cheap tee...as our Women's Tee's and Tank's tend to be on the more slimmer fitted side.

See Size Charts below, or chat with us to decide on sizing as we do not exchange for sizes.