WARNACO Business Partner Terms of Engagement and Guidelines for Country Selection
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Appendix C: Codes of Conduct Provided by Companies Surveyed

WARNACO Business Partner Terms of Engagement and Guidelines for Country Selection

1. BRAND IMAGE

We will not initiate or renew contractual relationships in countries where sourcing would have an adverse effect on our global brand image.

 

2. HEALTH & SAFETY

We will not initiate or renew contractual relationships in locations where there is evidence that company employees or representatives would be exposed to unreasonable risk.

 

3. HUMAN RIGHTS

We will not initiate or renew contractual relationships in countries where there are pervasive violations of basic human rights.

4. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

We will not initiate or renew contractual relationships in countries where the legal environment creates unreasonable risk to our trademarks or to other important commercial interest or seriously impedes our ability to implement these guidelines.

 

5. POLITICAL OR SOCIAL STABILITY

We will not initiate or renew contractual relationships in countries where political or social turmoil unreasonably threatens our commercial interests.

Business Partner Terms of Engagement

Our concerns include the practices of individual business partners as well as the political and social issues in those countries where we might consider sourcing.

We have defined business partners as contractors and suppliers who provide labor and/or material utilized in the manufacture of our products.

1. ETHICAL STANDARDS

We will seek to identify and utilize business partners who aspire as individuals and in the conduct of their business to a set of ethical standards not incompatible with our own.

 

2. HEALTH & SAFETY

We will only utilize business partners who provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. Business partners who provide residential facilities for their workers must provide safe and healthy facilities.

3. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

We expect our business partners to be law abiding as individuals and to comply with all legal requirements relevant to the conduct of their business.

 

4. EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

We will only do business with partners whose workers are in all cases present voluntarily, not put at risk of physical harm, fairly compensated, allowed the right of free association and not exploited in anyway. In addition, the following specific guidelines will be followed.

 
  • Wages and Benefits

     
    We will only do business with partners who provide wages and benefits that comply with any applicable law or match the prevailing manufacturing industry practices. We will also favor business partners who share our commitment to contribute to the betterment of community conditions.

     
  • Working Hours

     
    While permitting flexibility in scheduling, we will identify prevailing local work hours and seek business partners who do not exceed them except for appropriately compensated overtime. We favor partners who utilize no more than forty-eight-hour regularly scheduled work weeks. We will not use contractors who, on a regularly scheduled basis, require in excess of forty-eight-hour work weeks. Employees should be allowed one day off in seven days.

     
  • Child Labor

     
    Use of child labor is not permissible. "Child" is defined as less than 16 years of age or younger than the compulsory age to be in school. We will not utilize partners who use child labor in any of their facilities. We support the development of legitimate workplace apprenticeship programs for the educational benefits of younger people.

     
  • Prison Labor/Forced Labor

     
    We will not knowingly utilize prison or forced labor in contracting or subcontracting relationships in the manufacture of our products. We will not knowingly utilize or purchase materials from a business partner utilizing prison or forced labor.
  • Discrimination

     
    While we recognize and respect cultural differences, we believe that workers should be employed on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. We will favor business partners who share in this value.

     
  • Disciplinary Practices

     
    We will not utilize business partners who use corporal punishment or other forms of mental or physical coercion.

5. ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

We will only do business with partners who share our commitment to the environment.

 

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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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