Workplace Code of Conduct Laws and Workplace Regulations
Participants will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
There shall not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, human trafficking, slavery or other forms of forced labor.
No person shall be employed at an age younger than 16 (or 15 where the law of the country of manufacture allows), or under the minimum age established by law, whichever is greater.
Harassment of Abuse
Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
Employees will be hired, paid, promoted and terminated 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, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.
Health and Safety
Employers shall provide 1) a safe and healthy working environment which is in compliance with country and local health and safety laws and regulations, 2) written safety and health policies and procedures, 3) provide training and adequate equipment to ensure workplace safety practices. Where residential housing is provided for employees, employers will provide safe and healthy housing.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Employers shall recognize and respect the freedom of employees to exercise their lawful rights of free association and collective bargaining. Where the right to freedom of association is restricted under law, vendors must allow their employees to raise with the vendors’ representatives any job related grievances the employees may have, without penalty or reprisal.
Compensation and Benefits
Employers recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Employers shall pay, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
Hours of Work
Employees shall not be required to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Employees shall be allowed at least one day of rest in every seven day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.
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.
Vendors recognize that environmental responsibility is integral to producing world-class products. In manufacturing operations, adverse effects on the environment and natural resources are to be minimized while safeguarding the health and safety of the public. Employers will comply with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations and will observe environmentally conscious practices in all locations where they operate.