We support the principles of the Global Compact.
Workplace Code of Conduct:
Compliance with Local Laws and Workplace Regulations:
Manufacturers will, as a minimum requirement, comply with all local laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
Prohibition of Forced Labor:
There will not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
No employee will be required to lodge monetary deposits or identity papers with the company as a basis for employment.
Prohibition of Child Labor:
No Person under the age of 15 years will be employed.
If the age for completing compulsory education, or the minimum legal age for employment in the country is higher than 15 years then the higher age will apply. In accordance with “Developing Country Exceptions under ILO Convention 138” the minimum age of employment is 14 years. Under these conditions the lower age can apply.
Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse:
Each employee will be treated with respect and dignity. No employee will be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
Prohibition of Discrimination:
No employee will be subject to any discrimination in hiring, salary, benefits, promotion, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, nationality, political opinion, social or ethnic origin.
Health and Safety:
Employers, with knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards relating to the manufacturing processes involved, will provide a safe and healthy working environment and will take adequate steps to prevent accidents, injury or illness arising from, linked to or occurring in the course of work.
Employers will ensure that fire fighting, first aid and evacuation procedures are adequate to deal with all emergencies and natural disasters.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining:
Employers will recognize and respect the right of employees to form, join or not join trade unions or similar associations of their choice and to bargain collectively.
Wages and Benefits:
Employers will ensure that wages paid for a standard working week will at least meet the legal minimum wage or prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher.
Employers will ensure that deductions from wages are not made for disciplinary purposes.
Employers will ensure that wages and benefits are rendered in full compliance with all applicable laws and paid out in a manner convenient to the employees.
Employers will ensure that labor contracting agreements, apprenticeship schemes or other employment programs will not reduce the wages or benefit of the participants compared to normal employees.
Normal Hours of Work:
Employees will not be required to exceed a total of 60 hours per week. This is based on 48 normal hours and 12 overtime hours
Overtime hours will be paid at a premium rate as per applicable local laws.
Employers will ensure that all overtime is worked on a voluntary basis. Forced or mandatory overtime constitutes harassment and forced labor.
Manufacturers will observe environmentally conscious practices and comply with local environmental laws, regulations and standards applicable to their operations. In countries where environmental regulations are below Internationally Accepted Standards, manufacturers will be actively encouraged to upgrade to the International Standards.
Manufacturers will comply with all applicable local customs laws and with customs laws, in the country of importation, relating to illegal trans shipment of garments.
Manufacturers will cooperate with local, national and foreign customs and drug enforcement agencies to guard against illegal shipments of drugs.