Generic Labor Conditions Question 3

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Question

EN: Does the brand (company) have a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace?
NL: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een Code of Conduct (CoC) voor toeleveranciers waarin de volgende standaarden staan vermeld: geen gedwongen arbeid, geen kinderarbeid, geen discriminatie van welke aard dan ook en een veilige en hygiënische werkplek?
DE: Hat der Markenhersteller einen Verhaltenskodex für Zulieferer (Code of Conduct, CoC), in dem die folgenden Standards enthalten sind: keine Zwangs- oder Sklavenarbeit, keine Kinderarbeit, keine Diskriminierung jeglicher Art sowie ein sicherer und hygienischer Arbeitsplatz?

References

This question asks for a set of standards for suppliers. Labour conditions in low wage producing countries are under heavy pressure of cutting costs, leading to situations of humane exploitation. The question is applicable to any manufacturing industry based on human labour, such as textiles, electronics, food processing and even the tourism industry.

The standards concerning forced labor and slave (bonded) labor are based on the International Labour Organisation ILO Conventions 29 and 105. The standard concerning the minimum employment age (i.e. no child labor) is based on ILO Convention 138 and 182. The standard on no discrimination is based on ILO conventions 100 and 111 and the right to a safe and hygienic workplace is based on ILO convention Model Code of the Clean Clothes Campaign. Also this question refers to criterion 14 'Employment Rights' and 17 'Human Rights' of the Sustainability Code 1 2 from the German Council of Sustainable Development.

Ranking guidelines

Only reward a ‘Yes’ if all four of these standards are clearly mentioned. In the remark section please mention exactly where you found the statements (if found on multiple pages, please mention the page number per standard).

The Code of Conduct must refer to all employees: not only to own employees, but also to employees of suppliers and their subcontractors.

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when:

  • ...all the brand products are made in ‘low risk’ countries, see the list as defined by Maplecroft (or the brand has published a Fair Wear Foundation or SA 8000 report where these initiatives specifically state the brand produces only in low-risk countries).
  • ...the brand follows the SA8000 standards and provides a link to the 2014 standard.
  • ...the brands mentions to follow the GOTS or IVN standards.
  • ...the brands mentions to follow the Fair for Life standard for hired labour.
  • ...the entire production is GOTS or IVN certified. These certifications include labor conditions standards that are based on the ILO guidelines and that are sufficient for this question.

NOTE: When a brand is a member of an acknowledged Multi Stakeholder Initiative (MSI), but the brand has also published its own CoC on the website, the brand's CoC is decisive.

NOTE: When a brand uses a CoC of an acknowledged organisation (eg. BSCI, FWF, etc), a link to the homepage of this MSI is good enough to use this CoC.

Answering guidelines

Yes:

  • All standards are mentioned in [Brand]'s [supplier*] Code of Conduct.
  • [Brand] follows the SA8000 standard. For SA8000's Code of Conduct (CoC), see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] follows the FLO Code of [processing of Fair Trade Cotton or Hired Labour]. For FLO-Cert's CoC, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In this CoC all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). For FWF Labour Standards, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In the Labour Standards all these standards are mentioned (standards 1,2,3,7).
  • [Brand] is a member of [ETI/ follows the ETI Base Code*]. For ETI Base Code, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In the Base Code all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] is a member of the Fair Labor Organisation (FLA). For the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] is a member of BSCI. For BSCI's Code of Conduct, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In this CoC, all these standards are mentioned.
  • All products are made in ..., which is a low risk country / are low risk countries in terms of weak labour conditions.
  • The entire production is [GOTS / IVN*] certified, which means that all products are made according to these standards. For [GOTS / IVN*] labor conditions standards, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In [GOTS / IVN*] labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] follows the [GOTS / IVN*] labor conditions standards. For [GOTS / IVN*] labor conditions standards, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In [GOTS / IVN*] labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] follows the Fair for Life labor conditions standards for hired labour. For Fair for Life labor conditions standards, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. In Fair for Life labor conditions standards all these standards are mentioned.
  • [Brand] follows the WFTO principles. WFTO's principles, see link for labour conditions questions 2&3 below. All these standards are mentioned.


No:

  • [... and ... is / are] mentioned. However, [... and ... is / are not mentioned].
  • These rights are not mentioned in [Brand]'s supplier Code of Conduct.


?:

  • [Brand] does not communicate any information on a labor conditions policy.
  • [Brand] provides a Code of Conduct (CoC), but this is not a supplier CoC.
  • [Brand] states all suppliers should have signed its supplier Code of Conduct (CoC), but [Brand]'s supplier CoC is not published.
  • [Brand] mentions a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC), but does not make its CoC publicly available.
  • [Brand] communicates it has adopted the [Name*] standard, but does not make its Code of Conduct (CoC) publicly available.
  • [Brand] provides a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC), but suppliers are only encouraged to comply with the CoC, not obliged.
  • [Brand] does not communicate any information on a supplier Code of Conduct (CoC).


-* You can pick the topic that applies to 'your' brand.

Note: when linking to a downloadable source document, please refer to the page(s) where to find the respective information with: (see link, page [..]).

Optional, but only for ? Answers, feel free to write at the end of a remark: Sustainability information should be easily accessible for consumers to make responsible choices.

Hints/Reminders

  • Check the brand website for details first, but often this information can be found on the brand owner website (try sections of the website that are titled: Corporate Information, Investor Relations, etc.). This information is not published in a CSR report (in full), it is likely to be found in a separate document OR on the multi-stakeholder initiatives website (see question 5).
  • Keywords might include: Code of Conduct, ethics, supplier code, SA 8000, FLO, ETI, FWF, BSCI, etc.

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