A Csr Gap Analysis of the Gap Essay

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CSR Gap Analysis of the GAP

Gap Inc prefaces their 2004/5 CSR report with the question: what is a company’s role in society? Their answer is that a company ‘only realizes its full potential when it embraces its role as a global citizen’.

This raises two interesting points; the first is that the answer to the question ‘what is a company’s role in society?’ will be conditioned by normative assumptions about business/government relations in a firm’s country of incorporation.

David Detomasi in ‘The Political Roots of CSR’ suggests that institutional and political drivers will influence whether and for what purpose firms pursue CSR.

He posits two types of institutional models and locates the United States in that model in which
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It mitigates risk and strengthens our brands.’

What organizational leadership or communication systems have to be in place to ensure that the corporate social responsibility effort will last beyond the current leadership?

Supply Chain:

The driving values which influences the improvements to factory working conditions is that this ‘creates tangible value for GAP’ as well as ‘being the right thing to do.’
‘We’ve noted an encouraging trend which shows factories that run safe operations and treat their workers well are delivering higher-quality product on budget and on time.’

The vendor code of conduct (VCOC) is the code governing the company’s expectations of its contractors. It requires adherence to local laws, health and safety, requirements for labour (including prohibitions on child and forced labour and the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining), and environmental practices and policies (including the requirement to have an EMS).

GAP are members of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Social Accountability International and are working to align the (VCOC) with their base code and SA8000 standard respectively.

A team of 90 Vendor Compliance Officers implement the VCOC. In practice they are able to approve or fail factories before orders are placed, conduct ongoing monitoring and work with factories to ensure compliance to the VCOC.

GAP has integrated sourcing decisions with

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