Kathmandu is committed to protecting human rights and proactively improving the wellbeing and conditions for workers throughout its supply chain. It has leveraged the WeChat communications platform so that workers can alert the business about any compromises to their wellbeing and human rights.
About 95% of working people in China use WeChat. Kathmandu has created a WeChat QR Code that is included on all Code of Conduct posters displayed in its suppliers’ factories. To raise any issues, workers can scan the QR code using a personal phone and send a message in their own language.
The initiative has led to a number of ongoing conversations with Kathmandu’s China-based supply chain specialist. It has also resulted in Kathmandu contacting suppliers to seek clarification, redress or immediate action.