DATA

THE PROS:

Coach is partnering with Better Work Vietnam to educate, improve and maintain positive working conditions in six of its factories.

Coach achieved a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index’s (CEI) “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” in 2015.

Coach has established a Product Safety Program anchored by a Restricted Substances List to manage the impact of materials in its supply chain. The Program helps ensure that no chemicals or substances are being used that may harm the workers who manufacture its products, the consumers who purchase them, or the environment.

THE CONS:

Coach states that it contracts manufacturing in 21 countries however it does not list these countries.

The brand does not share a public list of supplier names and addresses.

The brand does not publicly disclose any policies that aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain.

Coach states that all business partners are contractually required to adhere to its Social Compliance Guidelines. However, these guidelines aren’t publicly available.

 

/ As of June 2015, there were over 450 Coach stores in North America, approximately 500 directly-operated locations in Asia, and over 30 in Europe. Coach is also sold at  boutiques within department stores and specialty retailer locations.

/ As of June 2015, Coach had 3042 corporate employees and 15,690 retail employees.

/ According to Forbes in January 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman for $574 million.

/ Coach’s reported net sales for fiscal 2014 were $4.8 billion.

/ We don’t have any information on: how many people the brand employs in its supply chain, lead times, how many items the brand produces annually or how long its products are designed to last.

/ Coach states that it contracts manufacturing in 21 countries however it does not list these countries.

/ The brand does not share a public list of supplier names and addresses.

/ It is unclear if Coach can trace its entire supply chain.

/ All of Coach’s business partners are contractually required to adhere to its Social Compliance Guidelines. These guidelines aren’t publicly available however the brand shares its Supplier Selection Guidelines and states that the Social Compliance Guidelines are an enhanced version of this document.

/ Coach publicly shares its Global Operating Principles which set forth the minimum standards by which the brand operates and conducts business.

/ In fiscal 2014, Coach consumed 100,007,864 square feet of leather, 5,315,314 meters of shell fabric, 13,504,188 meters of lining fabric and 442,736,625 pieces of hardware.

/ All of Coach’s business partners are contractually required to adhere to its Social Compliance Guidelines. These guidelines aren’t publicly available however the brand shares its Supplier Selection Guidelines and states that the Social Compliance Guidelines are an enhanced version of this document.

/ The Supplier Selection Guidelines do not include information on how the brand addresses: freedom of association, collective bargaining, freedom of movement and supplier recruitment fees.

/ Coach states that it will not knowingly use suppliers who fail to pay their employees a local minimum wage.

/ Coach conducts unannounced internal and third party audits of all of its cut and sew factories. Each factory receives an audit at least once a year. The brand also states that it audits raw material suppliers.

/ Of the raw material suppliers Coach audited, 97% received acceptable results. Issues found in the 3% that failed included minimum wage violations and falsified records.

/ Coach is partnering with Better Work Vietnam to educate, improve and maintain positive working conditions in six of its factories.

 

/ Coach reports that it partners with factories that are adopting lean manufacturing practices and that this has improved quality and output efficiency, as well as reduced waste.

/ Coach has started to regionalize the sourcing of material production, reducing transportation costs and pollution.

/ Leather tanners used by Coach do not knowingly source hides from the Amazon and the brand states that they confirm this annually however they do not specify how.

/ The brand’s shipping and storage buildings in Jacksonville, Florida was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

/ The brand does not publicly disclose any policies that aim to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain.

/ In 2014, China Daily reported that Coach was one of 33 brands that scored below average in a report on pollution in supply chains.

 

/ Coach states that currently it does not have specific sustainability performance goals. The brand’s sustainability strategy is still in the process of being finalized.

/ The brand states that its Global Business Integrity Program acts as the guidepost for its commitment and social practices, and informs its day-to-day operations. Coach asserts that this program ensures it work closely with its supply chain to ensure that its products are manufactured in a healthy and safe working environment.

/ The brand states that fiscal 2014 was the second year of its sustainability reporting journey and that it is still implementing the initiatives of its environmental strategy.

/ Coach plans to do an updated materiality analysis for its 2015 report.

/ Coach states that it strongly encourages each of its operating facilities to become actively involved in the life of the community by developing plans to participate in and sponsor initiatives that result in the advancement of the community’s interests, and in the betterment of the quality of life of the communities in which employees live.

/ Coach encourages employees to become involved in their communities through company sponsored events like AIDSWalk New York, American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, Arts & Business Council Annual Fundraiser, Dress For Success Clothing Drives, Holiday Toy Drives, Jacksonville Chapter of Dreams Come True, March of Dimes Walkathon, Meals-On-Wheels Annual Campaign, Miami Corporate Run to Benefit Leukemia, New York Women’s Foundation Annual Fundraiser, and Thanksgiving Food Drives.

/ In support of employees’ volunteer efforts and commitment to their communities, Coach offers a Matching Volunteer Program. Eligible nonprofit organizations can receive $5.00 per completed volunteer hour where the employee has given his/her time, up to $200 per fiscal year.

/ Between fiscal 2009 and fiscal 2014, the Coach Foundation has contributed over $23 million to support women’s empowerment, education for underserved populations and the environment.

/ According to Bloomberg Business, Coach’s CEO Victor Luis was paid a total compensation of $8,533,476 for fiscal year 2015.

/ In 2014, the Daily Mail reported that Coach was being sued by an unpaid intern seeking minimum wage compensation, as well as damages for herself and fellow employees.

/ Coach reports that 22% of the brand’s board of directors are female and 78% are male, 51% of its leadership team is female and 49% is male and 64% of its managers are female and 36% are male. For more information on the gender composition of the brand’s workforce refer to its 2014 Sustainability Report.

/ Coach achieved a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index’s (CEI) “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” in 2015.

/ Coach reports that it has a diversity council that covers a wide range of diversity issues.

 

 

/ Coach is partnering with Better Work Vietnam to educate, improve and maintain positive working conditions in six of its factories.

/ Coach has established a Product Safety Program anchored by a Restricted Substances List to manage the impact of materials in its supply chain. The Program helps ensure that no chemicals or substances are being used that may harm the workers who manufacture its products, the consumers who purchase them, or the environment.

/ In 2012, the Coach jewelry team partnered with a third party metal recycler and when jewelry or key fobs were returned to its Jacksonville distribution centre, the product was inspected and either marked for scrap or placed back in inventory. The brand reports that in fiscal 2014 it did not recycle any jewelry scrap, however Coach has this process in place should the opportunity present itself.

/ Coach is a member of the American Apparel Footwear Association and states that it’s an active participant and member of the Social Responsibility Committee, the Environmental Committee and the Product Safety Council.

VOICES

STEPHANIE ROGAN | THE NEW YORK TIMES

“For 74 years Coach focused exclusively on its own label, a strategy that worked until a few years ago. Despite an ambitious brand makeover, the company has failed to reverse sliding same-store sales and struggled to maintain its cachet with fickle fashionistas.” – 1/6/2015

 

 

Coach 2014 Sustainability Report:

Coach began its sustainability reporting journey in fiscal 2013. A year later, we have made considerable strides, but recognize that there are areas of opportunity to address in the coming years. Based on our internal consensus and support for sustainability, I am confident that we are well positioned to meet the sustainability challenges before us.”