Commitment & Governance
Bath & Body Works is fully committed to ensuring our products are ethically sourced. This commitment starts with our leaders and cascades throughout our organization. As part of that commitment, all associates are annually required to review and acknowledge our Associate Code of Conduct. Based on our values, this Code defines behaviors that are acceptable and those that are not.
We hold ourselves and each other accountable to our values in all that we do. In that spirit, we strongly believe that the quality of our merchandise begins with the treatment of the people who create our products. Bath & Body Works only works with suppliers that share our commitment to ethical and responsible business practices. This commitment is embedded in the many measures by which we evaluate supplier partners and has been part of our comprehensive and proprietary approach to how we do business for decades.
The vast majority of Bath & Body Works products are manufactured in the United States by strategic supplier partners that are long-term, low-turnover and share our values.
Supply Chain Risk Council
Bath & Body Works has a Supply Chain Risk Council comprised of senior executives from various company divisions and functions that meets quarterly to discuss core business, sourcing, purchasing practices and approve policies as required. Executive representation includes:
- Government Affairs
- Global Trade Compliance
- Regulatory and Quality Assurance
Bath & Body Works suppliers are required to sign a Master Sourcing Agreement (MSA) that explicitly states that the supplier and their factories will comply with all applicable laws and Bath & Body Works policies, including each of the policies and guidance listed below.
- Supplier Code of Conduct
To ensure that our expectations are clear, our standards are specifically outlined in our Bath & Body Works Supplier Code of Conduct.
- Sourcing Country Policy
The vast majority of Bath & Body Works produced in the U.S. but when we do sourcing in other countries, we leverage this policy.
Bath & Body Works will not source product from any country prohibited or restricted by law as sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In addition, some countries with potential geopolitical or social risks may pose a threat to our supply chain and, as a result, require pre-approval from Bath & Body Works executive leadership with compliance oversight. Any associate who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, termination of employment.
- Foreign Migrant Worker Policy
The Bath & Body Works Supplier Code of Conduct clearly states that prison, indentured, bonded, involuntary or slave labor or labor obtained through human trafficking shall not be used. Experts report that foreign migrant workers who travel across country borders to obtain employment are most at risk for human trafficking and forced labor and, therefore, we have established a Foreign Migrant Worker Policy to ensure that we reduce the risk of human trafficking or forced labor within our supply chain. In order to use a factory that employs foreign migrant workers, the sourcing team must obtain executive approval which can only be given if the factory receives positive results on a specialized audit developed in accordance with the International Labour Organization’s handbook on Combating Forced Labour. Factories that employ foreign migrant workers are closely monitored to ensure there are no forced labor violations and that workers have freedom of movement and are treated in accordance with the law. Any associate who contracts a factory that uses foreign migrant workers without executive review and approval is subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, termination of employment.
- Conflict Minerals Policy
Bath & Body Works prohibits its suppliers from using conflict minerals which may directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Provisions. Form SD and Conflict Minerals Reports previously filed by Bath & Body Works can be viewed as part of our SEC filings.
Note that previous reports were filed under the name L Brands.
- Compliance Guidebook
Bath & Body Works publishes a Compliance Guidebook (Guidebook) annually and distributes it to all of our suppliers. The Guidebook is a collection of policies and standards with which our suppliers are expected and legally obligated to comply. The Guidebook provides additional clarification to supplier partners and their factories regarding a broad range of compliance standards and requirements that we are committed to as an enterprise and expect our suppliers to follow. Included in the Compliance Guidebook are the Supplier Code of Conduct, compliance standards related to forced labor and human trafficking, the Uzbek and Turkmen and the conflict minerals policy, among others.
The Guidebook is made available to all suppliers and associates involved in the production and purchasing process and outlines the requirements each must meet to work with Bath & Body Works.