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Carhartt Corporate Responsibility

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 125 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.

For more information please contact:

Media Inquiries:
Erica Salomon
Communications Manager

Other Inquiries:
Anna Inch
Senior Director of Legal and Compliance, Accounting

In September of 2010, the state of California enacted legislation requiring all companies doing business in the state to disclose information on the actions being taken to address the risks of human trafficking and slavery in their global supply chains. Shown below are Carhartt's responses to the five required disclosures outlined in the legislation:

  1. Verification -- All factories producing goods for Carhartt are required to comply with the Company's Workplace Code of Conduct, which includes a specific "prohibition of involuntary, prison, or forced labor - indentured, bonded or otherwise" and a methodology to verify compliance with labor standards. All suppliers also are expected to meet the standards of the US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), including recommended safeguards protecting against the introduction of non-manifested cargo. These expectations extend to all sub-contractors. Verification takes place through third-party assessment of responsible labor conditions, using the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) protocol, or a similar third-party factory certification approach.

  2. Audit -Responsible labor practices are confirmed through third-party factory assessments, using the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) social audit protocol, or a similar third-party factory certification approach. Supplier audits are conducted by reputable third-party assessment firms and are unannounced within a 30-day window. These audits evaluate present factory conditions as well as the policies, procedures and management systems which are necessary for ongoing compliance.

  3. Certification-- Carhartt's Workplace Code of Conduct requires all of our suppliers to comply fully with all local laws, including those related to slavery and human trafficking. In the event local laws are not robust, Carhartt's Workplace Code of Conduct further prohibits suppliers from using "involuntary, prison, or forced labor - indentured, bonded or otherwise." Suppliers certify that they understand and comply with these expectations before starting Carhartt production and periodically thereafter.

  4. Internal Accountability-- Responsible labor conditions have been a core value at Carhartt for more than 125 years. Internal accountability resides with the leadership of the core business functions responsible for the relevant commercial relationships - e.g., the Sourcing function for all relationships with cut and sew suppliers and the Licensing Department for all license agreements. All Carhartt contractors and licensees must adhere to our Code and maintain appropriate third-party certifications.
    If an audit demonstrates that a contractor does not comply with Carhartt's Code of Conduct, we take appropriate remedial action. While we prefer to work with contractors to achieve improved conditions, violations involving human trafficking or slavery would be considered "zero tolerance" issues that must be immediately corrected or Carhartt would act to terminate the contractual relationship.

  5. Training-- With support from WRAP, Carhartt has conducted training on the Company's Workplace Code of Conduct - including provisions related to human trafficking and slavery. Individuals completing this training include supply chain leadership from the Vice President through the manager level in our Sourcing and Quality Assurance activities. Select individuals in our Customs activity also have completed the training. We are presently in the process of extending the training to others within our organization.

Carhartt, Inc.
(Revised January 2, 2014)

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.

At Carhartt, we pride ourselves on working with like-minded organizations that align with our brand and business. Carhartt supports 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose mission statements align with our own by providing in-kind product donations to assist with charitable efforts. We do not accept unsolicited requests for financial contributions.

We prefer to donate apparel to organizations that focus on supporting disaster relief and workforce development. True to our work wear roots, our community affairs program exists to assist those in need by providing product that will allow them return to work with durable apparel to protect them from the elements. Click here to learn more about our community affairs program.

Special consideration is given to organizations in Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, where we have long-established facilities and deep ties to the community.

All requests must be submitted to Carhartt through our online donation request system. We no longer accept requests via other methods.

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Carhartt has always been dedicated to the protection of our consumers. As we continue to expand into the global market, it is more important than ever. Carhartt works hard to ensure that our garments are designed and manufactured responsibly, and that any chemicals used are safe for our consumers as well as all workers in our supply chain factories.

Years ago, Carhartt adopted the Restricted Substance List as a product specification. This list is maintained by the American Apparel and Footwear Association and is accessible as a public document. The list represents current global standards for the industry and is updated twice annually to ensure conformance with global consumer protection standards. By focusing first and foremost on protecting Carhartt consumers, we are in turn protecting the Carhartt brand.

Any inquiries regarding general conformity certifications under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 should be directed to Carhartt’s website.

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