Each employee's presence must be voluntary. There shall not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison, indentured, slave, bonded, or any other form of compulsory labor.
No person shall be employed at an age younger than 16 or younger than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such age is higher than 16. To ensure these age standards are complied with, the supplier does not use any form of homework for HOPE MADE IN THE WORLD production.
Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Work environments must be free of physical, sexual, psychological and verbal harassment and abuse, retribution for grievances, and corporal punishment.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, political opinion, nationality, social or ethnic origin, marital status, capacity to bear children, gender identity and/or transition, genetic features or other status of the individual unrelated to the ability to perform the job.
Employers shall pay each employee at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
Employees shall not be required to work more than the lesser of 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. Employees shall receive at least one day off in every seven-day period.
In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
Employers shall provide a safe and healthy working 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 employer facilities.
The supplier must comply with applicable environmental laws of their country, have a written environmental policy, and implement a system to minimize or eliminate negative impacts on the environment. We favor partners who 1) publicly disclose environmental impacts and activities through regular reporting; 2) eliminate toxic and hazardous substances from products and operations; 3) increase efficiency and thereby minimize pollution and waste; 4) reduce use of natural resources including raw materials, energy and water; and 5) take responsibility for proper waste management and any environmental problems associated with disposal of wastes.
The supplier maintains on file all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with this Code of Conduct and required laws; agrees to make documents available to HOPE MADE IN THE WORLD or its designated monitor; and agrees to submit to inspections with or without prior notice.