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When our company was founded in 1889, Hamilton Carhartt talked about the role of a responsible business in doing, "the just and honest thing, gainful if possible". These core principles have underpinned Carhartt's approach to business for more than 120 years and are as relevant today as they were in 1889.
Building on our roots as an American company, Carhartt products are today manufactured and sold globally. Production is centered in company-owned factories in the U.S. and Mexico, and in a network of supplier and licensee factories around the world.
We are keenly aware of the environmental and human rights challenges presented by global sourcing and we have taken a number of important steps to help ensure that our principles are upheld throughout the global network of factories supporting our business. Key steps include:
* Adopting a Workplace Code of Conduct that establishes expectations for all of our supplier and licensee relationships. This Code provides key base line expectations for environmental protection, responsible working conditions, and fundamental human rights. It is based on the Core Conventions of the International Labor Organization and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
* Before beginning business with Carhartt, suppliers agree to align their operations with this Code and are encouraged to extend the Code upstream to their suppliers. Carhartt requires all business partners to periodically renew their commitment to this Code.
* Environmental and labor conditions at Carhartt-sourced facilities are audited and certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), an independent review organization, or a similar third-party factory certification entity.
* In addition to these third-party assessments, Carhartt sourcing and quality assurance personnel visit and work in supplier facilities on an ongoing basis. These individuals have been trained on responsible workplace conditions and Carhartt's expectations for suppliers. The regular presence of Carhartt personnel at supplier facilities allows us to closely monitor day-to-day work conditions supplementing periodic audits by WRAP or other third-parties.
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