It is the desire of Kellwood Company, its Subsidiaries and Divisions, to
not only be a good citizen of the United States, but also to conduct
business in an ethical and moral manner in all of the countries of the
world in which we have the privilege to work.
As the scope and breadth of Kellwood's sourcing and customer base
expands to include more diverse cultures, we must insure that the
business people and companies that we associate with have the same
values that we expect from our own employees. To achieve this end
Kellwood subscribes, and we endeavor to have our business partners
subscribe, to the following principles in conducting business.
Ethical Standards: We endeavor to respect the ethical and
moral standards and beliefs of all peoples and cultures that we deal
with. We in turn expect our business partners to respect our rules and
Legal Requirements: We expect our employees and business
partners to abide with the laws of the countries in which we conduct
business. We also expect that international law related to the conduct
of business between nations be followed at all times.
Health and Safety: We strive to have a safe and healthy
working environment in all the facilities that Kellwood owns and
operates. We also expect that any business partners that we provide work
to will endeavor to provide a safe /healthy environment for the
employees in the workplace, but also in the living facilities provided
to the workers should this be necessary.
Environmental Safekeeping: We understand that the environment
that we live in is ours to maintain and protect. We subscribe to
manufacturing practices that insure the safekeeping of our natural
resources and ecological surroundings and expect our business partners
to also adhere to these principles.
Wages and Benefits: The wage and benefit structure of our
suppliers must comply with the applicable laws of the Country or State.
Working Hours: We expect our suppliers to operate based on
prevailing local work hours. Any time worked over the norm for the area
should be compensated at the overtime rate as prescribed by the local
labor laws. We encourage our contractors and suppliers to allow workers
a reasonable amount of time off from their duties for rest and being
with their families.
Child Labor: The use of child labor is not permissible. For a
definition of "child", we will look first to the national laws of the
country in which business is being conducted. If, however, the laws of
that country do not provide such a definition or if the definition
includes individuals below the age of 14, we will define "child", for
purposes of determining use of illegal child labor, as any one who is:
- (a) less than 14 years of age; or
- (b) younger than the compulsory age to be in school in the country
in which business is being conducted, if that age is higher than 14.
Prison/forced Labor: We will not knowingly utilize or purchase
materials and/or products manufactured by prison or forced labor.
Discrimination: We recognize and are aware that cultural
differences will exist between various peoples. However, we do believe
that people should be employed based on their ability to perform a
needed function not on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics.
Disciplinary Practices: We will not condone any type of
corporal, mental or physical punishment by a supplier or an employee.
Revised July 1996