Yue Yuen, as a responsible leader in the industry, is a member of World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and supports the principles of the WFSGI Code of Conduct since 2016. The Group's parent company Pou Chen also joined Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting workers' rights around the world, as its participating supplier since 2011, and the social compliance program of Pou Chen has been accredited by the FLA since 2018, making the Group the first and only FLA-accredited footwear supplier globally. The accreditation together with the latest audited reports recognized the Group’s commitment to “FLA Workplace Code of Conducts” and “Principles of Fair Labor & Responsible production”.
The Group follows a sustainable development strategy that provides employees with a safe and healthy working environment, while also safeguarding its sustainable development and operations. This strategy also covers talent training and development, the promotion and implementation of supply chain management policies, and the administration of a set of comprehensive policies, mechanisms and measures for environmental protection, community involvement and participation. A sustainable development team established by the Group is responsible for the consolidation and provision of strategic studies and proposals, as well as managing corporate social responsibility issues that affect sustainable production at the Group’s manufacturing plants across different regions. These include addressing codes of conducts from brand customers for sustainable operations, complying with the laws and regulations imposed by local regulatory authorities, managing labor relations, and responding to audits and inspections of the Group’s factories undertaken by non-government organizations. The sustainable development team regularly reports to the management on the performance of the aforesaid affairs and provides recommendations.
Focus on People
The Group upholds the idea of “Focus on People, for the People”. It believes that employees are important assets and takes a holistic approach towards recruitment, employment, training and retention. Team events are frequently organized to build a sense of belonging, as well as to increase employees’ understanding of the Group and identification with its core values of “Professionalism, Dedication, Innovation and Service”. The Group provides comprehensive training, competitive compensation and diversified communication channels with an aim to improve professionalism and enthusiasm, as well as to attract talent. A performance management system has also been introduced to effectively motivate employees, assist with their continuous development and help with their career planning – in line with the Group’s objective to achieve sustainable operations. The Group is also committed to providing employees with an equal, safe and healthy work environment; to complying with local laws and regulations; and to enhancing constructive labor relations. The Group complies with applicable labor laws and regulations regarding dismissal, recruitment and promotion, equal opportunities, diversity and anti-discrimination. It has not received any complaint or notifications from governmental authorities for materially contravening any of the employment practices referred to above.
Pou Chen Group (comprising Pou Chen Corporation and the Group) also signed the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment jointly developed by FLA and American Apparel & Footwear Association in November 2019 for the continued day-to-day promotion and advocacy of human rights.
2020 Manpower Structure
Manpower Statistics by Region
Human Right- FLA Labor Examination
The significant assessment from third-party demonstrates Pou Chen Group (comprising Pou Chen Corporation and the Group) is committed to echoing UN Sustainable Development Goals.
UN SDG 8 states the hope to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. The Group strongly believes that every worker has the right to work in a safe and fair environment which is the primary reason for us to have joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA). We actively invited the impartial third-party to undertake independent assessment of our global operations to maintain compliance standards in human rights and labors.
Caring For Our People
Caring of Our People - Kindergarten
The Group has set up a number of kindergartens for employees’ children. One example is the “Petites Fleurs Kindergarten” (Farming Kindergarten) in
Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province in Vietnam, which was opened with assistance from a brand customer and local politicians.
The “Petites Fleurs Kindergarten” features a green building design that reflects the Group’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. The design features include low energy consumption, planted green roofs for lowering temperature, water-saving measures and environmentally-friendly building materials.
The kindergarten received a green building certificate issued by the chief executive of the Vietnam Green Building Council (LOTUS) on 1 March 2014. It was also awarded by Designboom as one of the “World’s Top Ten Cultural Buildings” and was further endorsed by the Vice President of Vietnam who officially opened the kindergarten.
Footwear manufacturing is closely tied to environmental protection and the use of natural resources, and the Group has established a set of management policies, mechanisms and measures to ensure sustainable development and operations. It is continuously striving to enhance efficiency in the use of energy, water and materials and complying with local environmental regulations, including those that have a significant impact on its operations such as regulations governing greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, discharges into water and land, and the generation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste. The Group’s efforts in this area align with international standards, such as allowing regular GHG emission inspections; properly treating effluent and air emissions; reducing, classifying and recycling waste; and obtaining consultations on energy conservation and carbon reduction at factories with high energy consumption levels, among others.
Climate Change Risk Management
In response to the UN's Climate Action – one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement, the Group actively takes measures to ensure sustainable production for energy conservation and carbon reduction that takes place, in order to shed operational risks and impacts caused by climate anomalies.
In addition to paying attention to the trends of climate change as well as the international policy and legal requirements, the Group will, in terms of energy management, carry out various continuous improvement action plans for energy conservation and carbon reduction, leverage sustainable production process technology to improve energy efficiency of the factories, as well as facilitate the solar energy project, with the target of effectively reducing GHG emissions caused by energy consumption, and thereby mitigating climate change risks.
Energy Saving and Carbon Reduction Target
Energy saving and carbon reduction is the direction of the Group's sustainable efforts. Through the establishment of EMS(Energy Monitoring System), and the introduction of energy-saving equipment and system, including lighting system, compressed air system, cooling water system, steam system, chilled water system and processed equipment, such initiatives enhanced the overall energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption. This also resulted in a decline of the GHG emissions. The Group also sets its energy-saving target so as to improve energy efficiency proactively. With continuous commitment to the strategy to enhance energy saving and usage of renewable energy, the Group expects to achieve the net-zero increase target in GHG emissions by 2025, as compared with the base year of 2019.
Supply Chain Management
Through integration of industry resources and cooperation in know-how and technology, the Group connects the upper, middle and lower streams of the footwear manufacturing industry, covering relevant areas in machineries, chemical engineering, materials as well as in moulds to form a complete supply chain system. By focusing on local and flexible supply, we expect to shorten our delivery time and respond quickly to market demand, thereby enhancing brand reputation and customer satisfaction. On the other hand, we also work together with our brand customers and partners on issues such has application of innovative materials and environmental sustainability.
Factory and Supplier List
The Group’s parent company Pou Chen Group is committed to the disclosure of information about the Group’s manufacturing factories and suppliers on the manufacturing and transportation of its products, and working together with the suppliers to reduce the risk of forced labor and to enhance workers’ human rights.
The Group has factories and suppliers in mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Myanmar. To effectively enhance public disclosure, the Group recently disclosed information such as factory name, location and number of workers employed by factory of its owned manufacturing factories on an open and public supply chain transparency platform called Open Apparel Registry (OAR). Information on suppliers that the Group cooperates with are also disclosed. Accurate information and current status of the manufacturing factory is updated and shared with stakeholders regularly.
The Group is committed to regularly update accurate information and current status of the manufacturing factory to share with stakeholders.
Supplier Management Policy and Measures
“ We regard integrity and compliance as the cornerstone of cooperation with its suppliers. All suppliers must abide by local laws and contract commitments, as well as taking labor rights, health and safety, and environmental compliance as one of primary considerations. Through the supplier audit and selection mechanism, partner suppliers are selected and the overall performance will be evaluated, counseled, and tracked regularly to boost the supply chain efficiency. Excellent partners and competitive products will be promoted in the business platform, Vendor Fair, to create opportunities that benefit mutually.
Contract and Commitment
- Non-Disclosure Agreement
- Product Security Undertakings
- Undertaking of Ethics and Integrity
- Undertaking under the Supplier Customs Compliance Regulations
- Statement and Undertaking of Non-Infringement
- Undertaking for Green Supply Chain Requirements
- Passing the audit is a mandatory condition before becoming a partner supplier
- In accordance with ISO9001, Supplier Quality Management is driven by 11 audit criteria
- In accordance with ISO14001, Supplier Sustainable Development Management is driven by 12 audit criteria in 3 categories
- Nominate and approve qualified suppliers or weed out disqualified suppliers through the decision making mechanism of the committee
- Periodically evaluate and grade suppliers performance with the matrix of quality, cost, delivery, service, innovation, and sustainability
Counseling and Communications
- Provide guidance and support suppliers on Quality Management system such as MUNSELL FM100 application, RSL, and ISO9001 certification, etc
- Provide guidance and support suppliers on issues such as environmental protection, healthy and safety, and fire safety to comply with local laws. Roll out energy saving and waste reduction programs
- Communicate PCG’s policies to suppliers
- Host Vendor Fair
- Introduce competitive products from suppliers to brand customers and PCGs business units
- Establish sustainable Supply Chain Management system