In the Fall of 2004 our Chairman and Board of Directors gave the directive to create a comprehensive Social Compliance and Human Rights Program for Coldwater Creek. The goal of the Program is to assure that our products are manufactured in facilities that are operating in compliance with our Code of Conduct which outlines our position on child labor, forced labor, slavery, human trafficking, working hours and compensation, and disciplinary practices and/or coercion. Our Program requires our apparel suppliers to abide by global standards and local laws and regulations regarding human rights.
Today the Program encompasses all apparel suppliers. Each factory is required to undergo an annual audit by an independent firm, and may be subject to additional review by our compliance team. The result of each annual audit is a detailed corrective action plan highlighting all areas identified as needing improvement. The implementation of the corrective action plan is then monitored by our internal compliance team.
Our production is primarily centered in Asia, Southeast Asia and the Asia Sub-continent along with some production in Central America.
Specifically, our Program includes the following elements relative to the guidelines set forth in the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act of 2010 –