A Shared Commitment
The guidelines you are about to read are of utmost importance to the
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and to the relationships we form with
suppliers, contractors and business partners.
While we place tremendous importance on these relationships, many of
which qualify as genuine friendships of long standing, certain values
and standards have always been, and will always remain, paramount.
Adherence to these values and standards by the people and companies we
do business with is a prerequisite for continuing or establishing
relationships with our company.
Indeed, we cannot do business with any company that fails to adhere
to these ideals.
We believe that by working together to see these standards enforced,
our company and its suppliers, contractors and, business partners can
help achieve a genuine improvement in the lives of working people around
This mission has been a guiding principle of our company for more
than a century, and it shall guide us in the future and take precedence
over any economic or business concern.
Guidelines for Vendors:
While respecting cultural differences and economic variances that
reflect the particular countries where we and our vendors do business,
our goal is to create, and encourage creation of, model facilities that
not only provide good jobs at fair wages, but which also improve
conditions in the community at large. Therefore we actively seek
business associations with those who share our concerns.
The following guidelines address issues which are substantially
controllable by our vendors:
- Ethical Standards
- We will not do business with any vendor who discriminates based
on race, gender or religion. We will not do business with any vendor
who violates the legal and moral rights of employees in any way.
- Environmental Requirements
- A commitment to the environment must be shared by our vendors.
While the apparel and footwear businesses are not among those
industry sectors which are often cited for environmental
infringements, there are many ways in which we can work to nurture a
better environment at our facilities and in the communities in which
- Legal Requirements
- We expect our vendors to be law abiding citizens and to comply
with any and all legal requirements relevant to the conduct of their
- Health and Safety Requirements
- We will only do business with vendors who provide employees with
a safe and healthy work environment. Vendors should make a
responsible contribution to the health care needs of their
We will not do business with any vendor who fails to consistently
treat employees fairly with regard to wages, benefits and working
conditions. Specifically, the following guidelines apply:
- We will only do business with vendors who provide reasonable wages
and benefits that match or exceed the prevailing local industry
- While permitting flexibility in scheduling, we will only do
business with vendors who do not exceed prevailing local work hours
and who appropriately compensate overtime. No employee should be
scheduled for more that sixty hours of work per week, and we will
favor vendors who utilize work weeks of less than sixty hours.
Employees should be allowed at least one day off per seven day week.
- We will not be associated with any vendor who uses any form of
mental or physical coercion. We will not do business with any vendor
who utilizes prison or forced labor.
- We will not do business with any vendor who denies their employees
appropriate access to education, health care, religious observance or
- We will favor vendors who share our commitment to contribute to
the betterment of the communities in which they operate.
- We will never do business with any company that makes use of
child.labor. Employees of our vendors must be over the applicable
minimum legal age requirement or be at least 14 years old, whichever
is greater. Vendors must observe all child labor laws, particularly
those pertaining to hours of work, wages, minimum education and
working conditions. We encourage vendors to support night classes and
work-study programs, especially for younger workers.
We have in the past suspended our association with a company that was
found to abuse the rights of employees, and we will not hesitate to do
so in the future if any of the standards outlined above are violated.
The Phillips-Van Heusen Commitment:
- To conduct all business in keeping with the highest moral, ethical
and legal standards.
- To recruit, train, and provide career advancement to all
associates without regard to race, gender or religion. Bigotry, racism
and sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
- To maintain workplace environments that encourage frank and open
- To be concerned with the preservation and improvement of our
- To be ever mindful that our dedication to these standards is
absolute and will not be compromised.