Russell Corporation, an Alabama
corporation (hereinafter referred to as "Russell") founded in 1902, has
adopted a vision statement which reads, in part:
"To provide the highest quality branded and private label apparel and
textiles with superior customer value and unparalleled service, globally
to consumers of all ages through selected channels of distribution. We
will conduct this endeavor in a manner responsible to our employees,
business partners and our environment."
Russell strives to conduct its business in a manner that reflects
this vision and the corresponding fundamental values. As we expand our
sourcing base through strategic alliances, we will only do business with
vendors whose practices are compatible with our vision.
Each of our vendors, including vendors outside the United States, are
expected to support our vision and values and to assure compliance in
all contracting, subcontracting or other relationships. To assist
Russell in assuring compliance with these standards, Vendor agrees to
require all of its officers and employees who will be responsible for or
involved with the implementation of procedures designed to en sure
compliance with these standards to review and familiarize themselves
with these standards.
Legal and Ethical Standards
All vendors shall comply with the legal requirements and standards of
their industry under the national laws of the countries in which the
vendors are doing business. Should the legal requirements and standards
of the industry conflict, vendors must, at a minimum, comply with the
legal requirements of the country in which the products are
manufactured. If, however the industry standards exceed the country's
legal requirements, Russell will favor vendors who meet such industry
standards. Vendors shall comply with all import and export regulations
of the U.S. Customs Service, all U.S. Government agencies and their own
Russell does not condone or permit any activities which are in
violation of U.S. Customs Laws, International Treaties or Foreign Laws,
including, but not limited to, false declarations of country of origin
or other false documentation, counterfeit visas or illegal transshipment
to evade the Textile Quota Restraint Agreements negotiated between the
country of export and the United States.
All merchandise shall be accurately marked or labeled with its
country of origin, in compliance with the laws of the United States and
those of the country of manufacture.
All shipments of merchandise will be accompanied by the requisite
documentation issued by the proper governmental authorities, including
but not limited to, import licenses, quota allocations and visas and
shall comply with orderly marketing agreements, voluntary restraint
agreements and other such agreements in accordance with U.S. law. The
commercial invoice shall accurately describe all the merchandise
contained in the shipment, identify the country of origin of each
article contained in the shipment and shall list all payments, whether
direct or indirect to be made for the
merchandise, including, but not limited to, any assists, selling
commissions or royalty payments.
Discrimination / Human Rights
Russell does not condone or permit the use of child labor, forced,
indentured, involuntary, prison or uncompensated labor under any
circumstances. For purposes of this standard "child labor" shall mean
the employment of individuals who are under the age permitted by
applicable law in the State/Country of manufacture. Russell favors
vendors who have a social and political commitment to basic principles
of human rights and who do not discriminate against their employees in
hiring practices or any other term or condition of worth on the basis of
race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability, sexual
orientation or political opinion.
Additionally, we will utilize only those vendors who conduct
themselves and their enterprises according to ethical standards
compatible with our own.
Russell maintains a safe, clean, healthy and productive environment
for it's employ ees and expects the same from its vendors. Vendors shall
provide their employees with safe and healthy working conditions,
adequate medical facilities, fire exits and safety equipment, well lit
and comfortable workstations, clean restrooms and ad equate living
quarters where necessary. Russell will not do business with any ven dor
which provides an unhealthy or hazardous work environment or which
utilizes mental or physical disciplinary practices.
We expect our business partners to provide wages and benefits within
reason and in compliance with all applicable local requirements. We will
favor those who contribute to the community in areas such as education,
health care and other related social programs.
Russell maintains a proactive stance regarding employee and community
issues through its business practices. As a responsible corporate
citizen we will utilize only those vendors who share our commitment to
the community and the environment and who conform with all local
requirements regarding environmental codes and guide lines.
Right of Inspection
To further assure proper implementation of and compliance with the
standards set forth in this Policy, Russell, or a third party designated
by Russell, will undertake affirmative measures such as on-site
inspection of production facilities, to implement and monitor said
standards. Any vendor's failure or refusal to comply with these
standards may result in immediate cancellation by Russell of all its
outstanding orders with that vendor as well as termination of the
As an officer of___________, a vendor of Russell Corporation, I have
read the principles and terms described in this document and understand
my company's business relationship with Russell Corporation is based
upon said company being in full compliance with these principles terms.
I further understand that failure by a vendor to abide by any of the
terms and conditions stated herein may result in the immediate
cancellation by Russell Corporation of all
outstanding orders with that vendor and termination of the Agreement. I
am signing this statement, as a corporate representative of ____________
to acknowledge, accept and agree to abide by the standards, terms and
conditions set forth in this Policy between my company and Russell Cor
poration. I hereby affirm that all actions, legal and corporate, to make
this Policy binding and enforceable against have been completed.
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