A Csr Gap Analysis of the Gap

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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…show more content…
In this way they can reward factories which exceed their minimum standards consistently. To quantify the relative importance and impact of different social issues GAP worked with members of the Ethical Trading Initiative to develop a common “grading” of core and non-core violations. On a scale of 1-5 where 5 is excellent, 1 indicates core and habitual violations of the VCOC requiring immediate attention. Core violations would include issues relating to the correct payment of wages, involuntary overtime, having at least one day off in seven and the right to freedom of association. Assessing factory performance over time help to ensure that efforts towards improvements in working conditions are sustainable GAP also works with partner organisations to rethink accepted garment-industry business practices, which include unrealistic production cycles and last minute changes to product orders which may lead to violations of the Code of Vendor Conduct. Factory working conditions are extensively reported in the bi-annual Social Responsibility Report. ‘While the report eschews established reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative, it is ambitious in its metrics.’ (www.ethicalcorp.com). GAP uses its own factory rating tool to report on factory performance and highlights regional trends as well as issue-specific trends from the data. The report also identifies structural

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