A Movement To Reform Fashion
Calvin Klein is owned by PVH, which also owns Tommy Hilfiger and Izod, among other brands. For more details on PVH’s social and environmental commitments, see Remake’s Brand Directory.
PVH (Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, et al) was among the first companies to reverse its decision to cancel orders and agreed to #PayUp to its garment workers in full and on time for clothing that was in production or completed prior to the pandemic.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
The Keep Workers Safe demand requires brands to ensure their garment workers’ financial and economic safety during the pandemic, by signing onto the Severance Guarantee Fund, which creates a social safety net for laid-off workers; by contributing to direct relief for garment workers; and by protecting human rights, democracy, and the right to organize. It’s estimated the cost to ensure a social safety net for garment workers is just $.10 cents more per garment. And yet PVH made no additional efforts to Keep Workers Safe during the pandemic, earning the company a “NO” for Keep Workers Safe.
To receive a “YES” for Go Transparent on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, PVH must additionally disclose its tier 2 (fabric mills), tier 3 (yarn and fiber mills) and tier 4 (raw materials) suppliers; disclose the wages of the lowest-earning workers at each factory and share audit and remediation reports publicly, and make these findings available to the garment workers in the audited factories.
SIGN ENFORCEABLE CONTRACTS
PVH has signed onto the International Accord agreement on workplace safety. The agreement meets all of our demands, including individual accountability for brands, an independent Secretariat, and expansion into new countries. For their commitment, PVH gets a yellow slash under Sign Enforceable Contracts to indicate they’ve met some conditions of this demand. They are also on the positive side of our Accord Tracker.
HELP PASS LAWS
The Garment Worker Protection Act
PVH is part of a trade association, the AAFA, that lobbied heavily against California’s Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62), a landmark bill that passed despite corporate opposition in 2021 and that aims to end wage theft in garment factories by holding brands jointly accountable. Our expectation is that companies will support and not lobby against laws like SB62 that strengthen brand accountability, earning it a “NO” for Help Pass Laws.