Supply Chain Transparency Statement
At George Brown Bilt, our mission is to provide shoes of the highest
quality. Our passion is to inspire people to feel good... feet
first! This philosophy applies to every aspect of our business—from
the design process of the footwear to the treatment of our customers. We
also apply this approach to the treatment of our
associates, as well as to overseas factory workers who make footwear and
other products on our behalf. Respect for human rights and dignity is a
cornerstone of our business, and we seek to create a workplace where all
associates are treated fairly and with respect.
In an effort to ensure worker’s rights globally, our parent
company, Caleres, Inc., has implemented a comprehensive labor
compliance program based on the principles outlined in our Production
Code of Conduct1 (“Code”). The Code sets forth
our expectations for our suppliers, and we are committed to doing
business with suppliers that meet or exceed these
The primary goals of the program are the following:
- To help ensure compliance with all applicable local laws, industry
standards, and Caleres’ expectations concerning, among other
things, the use of child, prison, or forced labor, the proper and
timely payment of wages, the reduction of health and safety hazards,
and the management of working hours;
- Where noncompliance exists, to identify the root cause, and to work
toward compliance by following a model of attainable, time-phased
- To monitor and promote long-term compliance with the Code and any
related requirements as local law and industry standards dictate.
To evaluate compliance with our policies, including but not limited to
compliance with the Company’s standards regarding human
trafficking and slavery in supply chains, we internally verify our
product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking
and slavery. We also select suppliers for audit based on our risk
assessment tool that helps us identify and assign risk. We then utilize
both announced and unannounced audits by internal auditors as well as
third party audit firms.
We require our suppliers to display a copy of our Code in a public area
of the factories in the local language. The factory workers are provided
with an email address as well as a toll free number to report any issues
they may have or have witnessed which violate our Code.
With each shipment of our product, our suppliers must certify that our
products were manufactured in accordance with our Code and the
applicable human trafficking and slavery laws of the country or
countries in which they do business. This certification covers the
finished product as well as product components.
We have internal policies and procedures in place to ensure appropriate
education and accountability in terms of enforcing our Code. Associates
who have direct responsibility for supply chain management receive
training to understand what slavery and human trafficking are, and how
to identify and mitigate the risk in the supply chain. In addition,
procedures are in place to ensure these associates are held accountable
for understanding and enforcing the principles set forth in this
In summary, Caleres’ Code and program recognizes and emphasizes the
dignity of workers. If you have any questions regarding our program,
please send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download a PDF of this document here.