The Children’s Place
The interview took place on the 5th of June 2019. The interviewee is a store manager otherwise known as the store lead. His name is Sandeep Basran and works in one of the Children’s Place stores heading all operations. The Children’s Place is a company that sells children’s clothes and accessories and caters to infants and children up to the age of 16 years. The Children’s Place operates in the apparel industry and has worked with Disney in various projects in the past. Initially, we were attracted to this company mostly because we love kids and would like to work with them. Seeing children happy and stylish is just fun and after all deep down everyone wants to be a child once more. We also love sales and marketing and believe that the company will give us the much-needed experience. Most importantly, we love the fact that the company cares about the workers who create their clothes even when they are in another country.
Analysis-the Children’s Place
Corporate Social Responsibility covers four areas which include environmental sustainability, donating to the public, ethical business practices and economic responsibility (Krohn, 2018). The Children’s Place is very philanthropic and is a model that gives money, time and clothing. The company donates clothes to poor children each season as well as gives pajamas to children being treated for brain cancer. The company employees offer their time by physically participating in youth camps for children living in group homes. The employees and associates also volunteer to sort the donated clothing so that it is packaged for different needy families.
On ethical business practices, most employees at the Children’s place have reported a fair and equal pay regarding their positions. Most importantly, they cited the company as a flexible area to work in and people can choose to work either part time or full time. The employees also do not feel overburdened with their work schedule going by the glassdoor reviews available online. The company also ensures that garment producing workers in Bangladesh are well compensated and work in fair environments.
A majority of the good work the company is doing is on economic responsibility. They have taken an initiative to improve working areas in Bangladesh. The initiative is a five-year plan where the Children’s Plac, as well as other apparel companies, are pumping money into the Bangladesh garment factories. This move was informed after a Bangladesh factory collapsed back in 2013 killing most of the factory workers. An investigation into the matter showed that most workers were operating is unfriendly work areas that put their lives in danger every day. Economic responsibility is about facilitating long term business investments while also giving back to society, meeting work ethics and protecting the environment (Khron, 2018). The Children’s place is meeting these qualifications by ensuring that garment factories are safe workplaces that will produce more garments for sale in the future. At the same time, this is a philanthropic and ethical exercise because they are helping workers in Bangladesh enjoy safe workplaces.
The Children’s place cares for the environment by ensuring that their cotton is obtained responsibly. Because they cannot be on the ground in different countries of cotton production, they have partnered with organizations such as Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Better Cotton Initiative and Afirm Group. To ensure environmental sustainability, the company ensures that wastewater is treated and released responsibly and ensures that chemicals are used responsibly and do not cause harm to the environment (Children’s Place, 2019).The Children’s Place
In comparison to Gap Inc., the Children’s Place had a long way to catch up in Corporate Social Responsibility. Gap does all that the Children’s Place is doing but has additional programs that further improve their CSR ranking. Gap Inc. works at improving the lives of women in various communities through the provision of water for domestic use (Gap, 2019) by bringing water sources closer to the communities. Climate change is a big part of today’s world concern and Gap Inc. wanted to be a part of protecting the environment. For this reason, the company aims at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by more than half by next year (Gap, 2019). Gap also ensures that each of its products is checked to reduce the impact on the environment during its production. The gap is committed to providing opportunities for women and young adults (Gap, 2019). This is important because women and youth are overlooked in most countries and do not get many opportunities in the workplace even when they are in a position to do more for their communities.
Information from the interview did not very much with previously researched material. It was mostly an affirmation of the work the company is doing in CSR. We believe that what they publicly present is what they deliver because each store plays a role in CSR on behalf of the larger company. They are committed especially to needy children and children with brain cancer as well as to children living in group homes. The rest of the CSR practices are not easily verifiable because they pertain to workers in other countries and we can only hope they do their best. Children’s Place could do better in Environmental sustainability because so far, it is only committed to obtaining cotton that is responsibly obtained. It could do more to improve wastewater and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Interview Questions-the Children’s Place
- What is working at Children’s place like?
- What are some of the philanthropic getures you have witnessed at the children’s place?
- What is the children’s place doing to protect the environment?
- A lot of factory workers producing garments in other countries suffer from poor work conditions and low pay. What is the Children’s place doing about this?
- Children’s place is known for selling kids clothes, do poor kids benefit as well?
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Khron, S. (2018). Four types of corporate social responsibility. Retrieved from https://bizfluent.com/info-8117691-four-types-cor