At ANN INC., we see significant advantages in collaborating with industry groups and other brands to drive our high compliance standards. Where possible, we work with companies to conduct joint audits and remediation programs in shared facilities. This shared approach to auditing and remediation allows suppliers to work toward a single set of requirements and also lowers their costs.

We also collaborate with industry groups to drive programs that positively impact workers globally. These efforts include:

      
ANN INC. is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group of leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the apparel industry. We use the Higg Index to measure sustainability and drive improvements within our operations and those of our suppliers.
      
We participate in and are a brand partner of Better Work and the Better Work Buyer’s Forum. Better Work is a flagship program of the UN’s International Labour Organization, jointly led by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation. Better Work is a partnership that reduces duplicate audits and conflicting remediation messages by centralizing assessment and corrective action. Participating brands and retailers accept Better Work’s assessments in lieu of their own audits and defer remediation to Better Work’s continuous-improvement advisory process.

In 2015, 45% of our Apparel business was placed with Better Work Participating factories.
      
ANN INC. does not knowingly sell products that use raw materials sourced from any country that condones the use of forced child labor, and we have implemented a policy prohibiting the sourcing of cotton from these countries. In addition, ANN INC. joins the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and global apparel companies to pledge to not to knowingly source cotton harvested using forced child labor from Uzbekistan.