Company - Sustainability
Marisa seeks to incorporate a high standard of ethical responsibility into its activities; for example through the distribution of a manual to its stores, its head offices and Club S.A. regarding specific guidelines for physically disabled individuals.
Marisa currently does not have a defined social responsibility policy, but Marisa does take part in periodic events with organizations including the Morumbi Young Men’s Association (Associação Meninos do Morumbi), an entity that seeks to employ lower income young men, the New Project Association (Associação Nova Projeto), an organization for mentally disabled individuals, and (iii) the National Agreement for the Eradication of Slave Labor in Brazil (more details below).
Marisa signs the National Agreement for the Eradication of Slave Labor
The commitment to the Agreement reaffirms our repudiation of any type of irregular labor practices
4/4/2012 3:37 p.m.
March 27, 2012 was a very important day for Marisa, as it was the day when we signed the National Agreement for the Eradication of Slave Labor.
The purpose of the agreement is to create measures that prevent the sales of products by suppliers and outsourced service providers that employ slave labor or submit their employees to degrading working conditions.
Marisa’s signing of the agreement formalizes our social responsibility and reinforces a corporate practice that we have adopted since 2009 - auditing our suppliers and outsourced service providers. Ever since we implemented this process, more than 2,000 audits have been conducted.
Whenever an irregular practice is found, we request that adjustments be made aiming at employees well-being. As a result of this new approach, over 70 direct and indirect suppliers that did not improve their working conditions were cut.
Furthermore, we managed to raise the awareness of our suppliers, getting 19 of them to also sign the agreement.
In addition to these initiatives, we are also the creators of the Program for Qualification of Retail Suppliers of the Brazilian Association of Textile Retail (ABVTEX).
According to our CEO, Márcio Goldfarb, “We are aware of our role and responsibility as a large retailer. We have made a lot of progress, and know there is still a lot of progress to be made, with regard to such a complex issue as social responsibility in the supply chain," he concluded.
The ceremony of signing the Agreement was attended and supported by the National Agreement’s Coordination and Monitoring Committee, composed of the Ethos Institute for Business and Social Responsibility, the Social Observatory Institute, the NGO Repórter Brasil and the International Labor Organization.
For Caio Magri, of the Ethos Institute, Marisa is on its way to becoming an industry benchmark, due to the initiatives it has developed in a short period of time. "It is not easy to assume responsibility like Marisa did, especially in a situation like this one, which involves human rights,” he said.