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Tommy Hilfiger vs. Ralph Lauren

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Transcript of Tommy Hilfiger vs. Ralph Lauren

Company History
Social Audit
Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility

US $4.6 billion apparel and retail company

fashion career began in 1969 when he was only a high school student who opened up a small chain of stores called "People’s Place"

found in 1985; 29 years ago
BachKim Nguyen
Tommy Hilfiger
Ralph Lauren

Tommy Hilfiger
an American clothing designer best known for his sportswear line & ties.

Polo Ralph Lauren brand was found 1967
Ralph Lauren
Code Of Conduct
Tommy Hilfiger
touches upon various issues, including: employment relationship, harassment and abuse, child labor, health and safety, the environment, and more.

ensures that the company does not discriminate in employment, including with regard to hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination and retirement, whether on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social class or ethnic origin.

The forced labor clause guarantees that Tommy Hilfiger’s business partners are prohibited from utilizing forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
Ralph Lauren
website does not provide any information about the company’s code of conduct, it does include links that confirm their affiliation with government acts of law including the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010

It States that the company says that “Ralph Lauren Corporation and its subsidiaries has built its brand around the consistent production of high quality products, from apparel and home furnishings to fragrances and accessories, and its commitment to conducting business according to the highest ethical and legal standards

Tommy Hilfiger established the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation in December 1995 to help empower America’s youth.
In September 2009 the Foundation expanded on a global basis developing and supporting programs and partnerships around the world that help build and promote healthy communities by supporting education, health and cultural programs.
In 2013, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation consolidated with the PVH Foundation, and continues to operate ongoing commitments and new partnerships as part of Tommy Cares.
1877: The Fresh Air Fund has provided summer camp opportunities to more than 1.7 million New York City children. At Camp Tommy, 120 under-privileged young boys (12-15) from New York City engage in a wide range of educational programs such as computer training, literacy and visual arts. Camp Tommy was founded by a $2.5 million grant from The Tommy Hilfiger Group.

proudly supports these organizations:


Along with....
Millennium Promise is a non-profit organization committed to halving extreme poverty by 2015.


Tommy Hilfiger has made a tremendous impact on the lives of the 55,000 people living in Ruhiira through a five year, $2 Million commitment to the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). Before this, access to clean drinking water was severely limited, more than half the children under the age of five were chronically malnourished and schools were practically non-existent. Focusing on the community of Bugongi within the Ruhiira cluster, The Foundation’s mission is to eliminate extreme poverty and hunger in this impoverished village by the year 2015.
In his role as Millennium Promise’s first MDG Global Leader, Tommy Hilfiger engages and encourages corporate leaders and consumers to join him in the movement to end extreme poverty.

Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation
​The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation supports initiatives in cancer care, education and service in underserved communities. Polo Ralph Lauren engages in a number of philanthropic programs such as the reusable organic tote, Polo Fashion School, American Heroes Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Polo volunteers, Pink Pony Campaign, Hope Help & Relief Haiti, and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. The PRL Foundation also helped fund the preservation of the American flag that inspired our national anthem.
Organic Tote
The reusable organic tote is made from 100% organic cotton. The tote can be purchased for $10 at the nearest Polo Ralph Lauren factory store. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this tote are donated to the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation in support of philanthropic initiatives including the Pink Pony Fund and The Nature Conservancy.
The Pink Pony Fund for cancer care and prevention focuses on breast cancer. The fund supports programs for early diagnosis, education, treatment and research and is dedicated to bringing patient navigation and quality cancer care to medically underserved communities. Pink Pony provides proceeds to a worldwide initiative in the fight against cancer. 25% percent of the proceeds from Pink Pony products benefit the Pink Pony Fund and an international network of local charities.
In response to the events of September 11, 2001, the American Heroes Fund was created as part of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which raised $4 million for relief efforts and established a college scholarship fund for the children of the victims of the attacks.

In addition to the scholarship fund, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation bestowed major gifts to the Twin Towers Fund, the American Red Cross and the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund.
"G.I.V.E (Get.Involved.Volunteer.Exceed.) Your Jeans a New Home" initiative partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help families in need of decent, affordable places to live.

More than 19,000 pairs of used jeans were collected from college campuses, employees and high school students and recycled into "green" building insulation for use in Habitat for Humanity homes in the South Bronx in New York City and Hurricane Katrina–ravaged Mississippi.
Established a decade ago, Ralph Lauren Volunteers empowers employees to create meaningful connections in the neighborhoods in which they work and live. Thousands of Ralph Lauren employees have dedicated their time to making a difference. These organizations include:

City Harvest
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Free Arts NYC
Fundación Numen
God’s Love We Deliver
Gregorio Marañón Hospital
Habitat for Humanity
Pajama Program
Partnerships for Parks
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention
Ronald McDonald House

Product Lines
men’s, women’s & children’s apparel
home furnishings
Tommy Hilfiger:
Ralph Lauren:
Tommy Hilfiger
is committed to principles of sound corporate governance. For over 100 years, our commitment has been to conduct all business in keeping with the highest moral, ethical and legal standards. In the area of corporate governance, this translates into not only implementing statutory and regulatory requirements but being transparent in how we operate as a corporation and are responsible and accountable to our stockholders and other stakeholders.

Fred Gehring is the Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger and PVH International Operations
Director since 2010
Ralph Lauren
The primary objective of the Audit Committee
is to assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight
responsibilities with respect to

(a) the Corporation’s financial statements,

(b) the Corporation’s
compliance with legal and regulatory requirements,

(c) the independent auditors’ qualifications
and independence, and

(d) the performance of the Corporation’s internal audit function and
independent auditors.

Audit Committees include: John R. Alchin, Arnold H. Aronson, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Dr. Joyce F. Brown
The Tommy Hilfiger brand is owned by the PVH Corp. (an American clothing company, and the world's largest shirt company)
PVH has several sourcing facilities worldwide, located in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.[3] The corporation employs over 12,000 people worldwide
International Distribution
Unethical/Illegal Allegations
Tommy Hilfiger
The first ever undercover investigation into the angora wool industry showed screaming rabbits being tied down and their fur ripped from their bodies, leading to a ban on its sale by dozens of international companies

in 2010, Hilfiger vowed to increase spending on overseas manufacturing to improve safety conditions for workers.

When he was approached by ABC News last month, backstage at his Fall 2012 show, the American designer claimed he'd moved his operations:

"I can tell you that we no longer make clothes in those factories. We pulled out of all of those factories."
Ralph Lauren
In 2009, Model Filippa Hamilton was fired from Polo Ralph Lauren because she was considered "overweight" and could no longer fit into their clothes.
She was a healthy 5-foot-10 female weighting at 120lbs.

In California requiring employees to buy and wear at work the brands they sell, a practice that violates state law, according to industry experts and the California Labor Commission.
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