Phillips-Van Heusen Requirements for Suppliers, Contractors, Business Partners
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Appendix C: Codes of Conduct Provided by Companies Surveyed

Phillips-Van Heusen Requirements for Suppliers, Contractors, Business Partners

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 the world.

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 we operate.
  • 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 business.
  • 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 employees.

Employment Practices:

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 standard.

     
  • 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 family obligations.

     
  • 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 communications.

     
  • To be concerned with the preservation and improvement of our environment.

     
  • To be ever mindful that our dedication to these standards is absolute and will not be compromised.

 

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Companies Surveyed

Dayton Hudson Corporation

Dillard Department Stores

The Dress Barn, Inc.

Family Dollar Stores

Federated Department Stores

Fruit of the Loom

The Gap

Hartmarx Corporation

JC Penney Company

Jones Apparel Group

Kellwood Company

Kmart Corporation

Land's End, Inc.

Levi Strauss & Company

The Limited

Liz Claiborne

Mercantile Stores Company

Montgomery Ward Holding Company

Nike

Nordstrom

Oxford Industries

Phillips-Van Heusen

Price Costco

Ross Stores, Inc.

Russell Corporation

Salant Corporation

Sara Lee Corporation

Sears Roebuck & Company

Spiegel, Inc.

Stage Stores, Inc.

The Talbots, Inc.

Tultex Corporation

Venture Stores

VF Corporation

Wal-Mart Stores

Warnaco Group

Woolworth Corporation

Child Labor Report 2005

Child Labor

 
This report was developed and provided by the U.S. Labor Department http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/media/reports/iclp/apparel/main.htm

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