Under the agreement (attached), Inditex SA recognizes IndustriALL predecessor organization, the ITGLWF as its global trade union counterpart. And both undertake to collaborate to ensure the sustainable and long-term observance of all international labour standards throughout the Inditex supply chain.
The agreement is the first of its kind to cover a retail supply chain and because it provides workers with the mechanisms to monitor and enforce their rights at work, the agreement places the right of workers to unionize and to bargain collectively with their employer at the heart of efforts to secure sustainable compliance to key labour standards by suppliers to Inditex.
Inditex’s Code of Conduct for External Manufacturers and Suppliers underpins the agreement which outlaws forced labour, child labour, discrimination and harsh and inhumane treatment throughout the Inditex supply chain. It provides for the payment of a living wage for a standard workweek, limitations on working hours, healthy and safe workplaces, regular employment and environmental awareness. The terms of the agreement will apply equally to direct suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors including homeworkers. No subcontracting will be allowed without the prior written consent of Inditex and suppliers allowed to subcontract will be responsible for subcontractor compliance.
Recognizing the role of organized labour and collective bargaining, Inditex and IndustriALL will keep constantly under review developments in this area in the Inditex supply chain and will co-operate in finding solutions where problems are detected, including collaborating on training programmes for the managements and workers concerned.
To facilitate this ongoing review Inditex will provide IndustriALL with relevant information on its supply chain and both Inditex and the global union will jointly develop training policies and programmes to drive compliance.
The application of the agreement will be reviewed annually by a six person group drawn jointly from Inditex and the international.