There has to be some rules. Rules to protect workers and rules so we know our livelihood does no unnecessary harm to others. Which is why we have adopted the WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) 12 Principles as our factory code of conduct. These principles set out the minimum requirements for our partner factories around the globe. You can read more on WRAP here.
We also engage third party audits of the factories to ensure compliance. Such as this one here. (note: commercially sensitive information has been redacted).
This is the minimum and we always look to do more.
The WRAP 12 Principles:
1. Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations
Facilities will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
2. Prohibition of Forced Labor
Facilities will not use involuntary, forced, or trafficked labor.
3. Prohibition of Child Labor
Facilities will not hire any employee under the age of 15 (14 in less-developed countries) or under the minimum age established by law for employment, whichever is greater, or any employee whose employment would interfere with compulsory schooling.
4. Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse
Facilities will provide a work environment free of supervisory or co-worker harassment and abuse, and free of corporal punishment in any form.
5. Compensation and Benefits
Facilities will pay at least the minimum total compensation required by local law, including all mandated wages, allowances and benefits.
6. Hours of Work
Hours worked each day, and days worked each week and each month, should not exceed the limitations of the country’s law. Facilities will provide at least one day off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs.
7. Prohibition of Discrimination
Facilities will employ, pay, promote, and terminate workers on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs.
8. Health and Safety
Facilities will provide a safe and healthy work environment. Where residential housing is provided for workers, either directly by facilities or through labor brokers, facilities will ensure it is safe and healthy housing.
9. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Facilities will recognize and respect the right of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association and collective bargaining.
Facilities will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.
11. Customs Compliance
Facilities will comply with applicable customs laws, and in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transshipment of finished products.
Facilities will maintain appropriate procedures in order to ensure proper corporate security, transportation security, and people and physical security at the facility.