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
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
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
Employers will ensure that deductions from wages are not made for disciplinary
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
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.