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Workplace Code of Conduct
As a premium brand, Carhartt is committed to conducting business in a fair and ethical manner. Consistent with this commitment, we have established this Code of Conduct as a minimum set of standards for our vendors. This Code is based on internationally accepted labor standards, including the International Labor Organization’s Core Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While this Code establishes minimum standards, we aspire to partner with companies that share our corporate values and are committed to continuous process improvements as it relates to social and environmental practices.
As used herein, the term vendor is defined broadly to cover the range of Carhartt's supply chain partners, including cut and sew suppliers providing finished garments, direct and “nominated” suppliers of fabrics, trims and other raw materials, license partners, transportation and logistics providers and other supply chain partners.
Employment Relationship – Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business including those relating to labor, social insurances/security, worker health and safety, and the environment. It is further expected that vendors and their authorized subcontractors will cooperate fully with Carhartt in its compliance with laws applicable to Carhartt in countries where Carhartt does business.
Prohibition of Forced Labor - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not use involuntary, prison or trafficked labor or labor otherwise obtained by force, fraud or coercion -- indentured, bonded or otherwise.
Prohibition of Child Labor - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not hire any employees under the age of 15, or under the age interfering with compulsory schooling, or under the minimum age established by law, whichever is greater.
Prohibition of Harassment or Abuse – Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will endeavor to establish workplaces where every employee is treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment, abuse or corporal punishment.
Compensation and Benefits - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will pay at least the minimum total compensation required by local law, including all mandated wages, allowances and benefits.
Hours of Work - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will conform to hours worked each day, and days worked each week that do not exceed the legal limitations of the countries in which they operate. Vendors will provide at least one day (24 hours) off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs. Vendors are encouraged to control total weekly hours to 60 or less for all employees and to make all overtime voluntary.
Prohibition of Discrimination - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors 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. No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.
Health and Safety - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will provide a safe and healthy work environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of employers’ facilities. Carhartt production is prohibited in multi-floor factories with more than one tenant. Where residential housing is provided for workers, vendors will provide safe and healthy housing.Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. .
Environmental - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.
Customs Compliance - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will comply with applicable customs law and, in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transshipment of apparel products.
Security - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will maintain facility security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo into outbound shipments (e.g. drugs, explosives, biohazards, and/or other contraband). Vendors are further expected to cooperate with Carhartt in meeting C-TPAT and other supply chain security requirements established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Bribery and Corruption – Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not, in connection with any aspect of their business with Carhartt, directly or indirectly give or offer any bribe, kickback or other improper payment or benefit to influence another individual, company, organization, government official or body, or political party or candidate, regardless of whether it is officially tolerated or condoned.
As noted in this Code of Conduct, Carhartt aspires to partner with companies that share its corporate values and are committed to continuous improvement of social and environmental practices. It is our intent that the standards outlined in this Workplace Code of Conduct be applied throughout the global network of vendors involved in the development, manufacture and transport of Carhartt products. Vendors with which Carhartt has a direct contractual relationship are expected to extend these standards to all sub-tier suppliers and to initiate practices to assure that aligned standards are adopted throughout the global supply network supporting Carhartt.