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• Calvin Klein has created an image of class and sophistication for its products and in doing so has helped its parent company, Phillips-Van Heusen (PVH), become one of the largest apparel companies in the world.
• The company's labor record, however, isn't quite so chic. PVH has been cited for labor violations in Saipan and Guatemala and sourcing from a Jordanian factory where workers went on strike to protest the verbal and physical abuse they were subjected to.
• While Calvin Klein may be well represented at Red Carpet events, its labor record should make any celebrity think twice about wearing its clothing. Visit Go Green for tips on how to find stylish yet sustainable clothing.
-- Profile Updated 04/25/2011
About Phillips-Van Heusen
Headquartered in New York City, Phillips Van-Heusen manufactures clothing and shoes for men, women, and children under popular brands such as Van Heusen, Bass, Calvin Klein, and IZOD. The company markets its products through retail stores or through some of its own 650 discount outlet stores. Phillips Van-Heusen employs 10,900 people and reported sales of $2.09 billion in FY 2007.
Arrow Shirt Co. - New York, NY
- Calvin Klein, Inc. (Subsidiary) - New York, NY
- G.H. Bass & Co. - New York, NY
G.H. Bass & Co. - New York, NY
- Geoffrey Beene Retail - Bridgewater, NJ
- Izod - New York, NY
- Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation - New York, NY
- The Van Heusen Group of Companies - New York, NY
Contact Phillips-Van Heusen
New York, NY 10016 USA
A recent investigation by the Workers' Rights Committee has revealed that apparel manufactures in Bangalore, India have been refusing to pay factory workers more than $10 million, because they refused to comply with the minimum wage increase in India in March of 2009. Approximately 1/3 of all factory workers, or 125,000 workers, in the region are owed back wages by factories, who say they were acting on the advice of the leading industry association, the Clothing Manufacturers' Assocation of India. The factories involved manufacture apparel for many well-known US and international brands including, Wal-Mart, Adidas, the Gap, H&M, JC Penney, Levi-Strauss, Phillps Van Heusen, and Nike.
-- National Labor Committee, 03/04/2010
Hundreds of Bangladeshi workers staged a sit-in at a factory in Jordan in October 2006 to protest the physical and verbal abuses they were forced to undergo. The Rainbow Textile Factory manufactures apparel for clothing giants like Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss and The Gap. Conditions they were forced to endure included: illegal, unpaid overtime of up to 15 hours of day (Jordanian labor law limits work days to 8 hours); confiscated passports; and payment delays.
-- United Nations, 10/02/2007
Source URL: irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=61858
The 2005 Fair Labor Association (FLA) report on labor standards and sourcing among American retail companies cited Phillips Van-Heusen as having continued noncompliance issues at its sourcing facilities. Health and safety, wages and benefits, work hours and overtime compensation were the areas noted as having the highest rates of noncompliance problems.
"Fair Labor Association's 2005 Annual Public Report"
-- Fair Labor Association, 11/01/2005
In April 2003 a federal court on the Pacific Island of Saipan approved a $20 million settlement on a class action lawsuit filed against Phillips-Van Heusen and 25 other U.S. retailers. The lawsuit charged that the companies contracted sweatshop labor on Saipan, a U.S. Commonwealth, and should be held accountable for worker treatment and conditions in foreign-owned factories operating on U.S. soil. According to the complaint, the more than 13,000 garment workers in Saipan regularly worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, oftentimes "off the clock" without receiving any pay or overtime. The lawsuit also accused Liz Claiborne and the other companies of operating a "racketeering conspiracy" through which workers, who are mostly young women, sign contracts waiving their basic human rights and pay recruitment fees of up to $10,000 to secure sweatshop jobs. By agreeing to the settlement, the companies admitted no wrongdoing.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 01/08/2004
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/legal/04-01-08.htm
Ethics and Governance
The CEO of Phillips-Van Heusen, Emanuel Chirico, received $12,557,366 in total compensation. The median worker, however, made $33,190 in 2010, so Chirico made 378 times the median worker's pay.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/25/2011
In 2006, Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and CEO of Phillips-Van Heusen, made $6.678 in total compensation including stock option grants.
-- AFL-CIO, 04/05/2006