Social Compliance in the Supply Chain
In order to respond to the growing need to protect its own reputational capital and that of the brands it produces, Pattern has implemented an extensive system of periodic surveillance, based on the principles of conformity to the standard and to the requirements of the law, conducted by SA8000:2014 certified auditors, of all the suppliers of processing phases with which it collaborates.
The resulting assessment provides an overview of the level of risk in the supply chain and is followed by an ongoing improvement plan that requires companies to make an effort to meet the required standards.
The risk grading policy is based on compliance with the sector's CCNL, labour laws, Legislative Decree 81/2008 and the 8 social responsibility requirements summarised in the SA8000 Standard, and provides for the assignment of a rating divided into:
- EXCELLENT: the company manages its employees in an excellent manner and meets all the requirements of Legislative Decree 81/2008 and no non-conformities were detected.
- MINOR: the company has good maturity in managing employees and safety; however, minor shortcomings were noted
- MAJOR: the company is deficient in the management of employees and safety, and worrying non-conformities were detected
- CRITICAL: the company does not fully respect the rights of its employees and/or endangers their physical safety
Failure to comply with any of the requirements described in the Social Responsibility Requirements section results in a 'Critical' rating. Pattern has decided not to work with companies that are rated CRITICAL and to monitor subcontractors with a higher risk more closely in order to monitor companies with the aim of bringing them to the desired level of social compliance.