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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.
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, 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 Lab- Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not use involuntary, prison, or forced labor -- indentured, bonded or otherwise.
Prohibition of Forced Labor- Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not use involuntary, prison, or forced labor -- indentured, bonded or otherwise.
Prohibition of Child Lab- Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will not hire any employees under the age of 14, 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 off in every seven-day period, except as required to meet urgent business needs.
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.
Health and Safety - Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will provide a safe and healthy work environment. 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 as allowed by law.
Environmental- Carhartt vendors and their authorized subcontractors will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations, and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.
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.
Procurement Ethics - Carhartt's business relationship with its vendors is based solely on the vendor's merits in the way of prices, excellent quality, prompt delivery and efficient services. Therefore, no payments, gifts, rewards or gratuities of any kind shall be made directly or indirectly to Carhartt employees or Carhartt's buying agent or staff members in consideration of the business being placed with vendor.
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, 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 encouraged 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.