This Code of Vendor Conduct
applies to all factories that produce goods for Gap, Inc. or any of its
subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates or agents ("Gap").
While Gap recognizes that there are different legal and cultural
environments in which factories operate throughout the world, this Code
sets forth the basic require ments all factories must meet in order to
do business with Gap. The Code also provides the foundation for Gap's
ongoing evaluation of a factory's employment practices and environmental
1. General Principle
Factories that produce goods for Gap shall operate in full compliance
with the laws of their respective countries and with all other
applicable laws, rules and regulations.
A. The factory operates in full compliance with all applicable laws,
rules and regulations, including those relating to labor, worker health
and safety, and the environment.
B. The factory allows Gap and/or any of its representatives or agents
unrestricted access to its facilities and to all relevant records at all
times, whether or not notice is provided in advance.
Factories must comply with all applicable environmental laws and
regulations. Where such requirements are less stringent than Gap's own,
factories are encouraged to meet the standards outlined in Gap's
statement of environmental principles.
A. The factory has an environmental management system or plan.
B. The factory has procedures for notifying local community
authorities in case of accidental discharge or release or any other
Factories shall employ workers on the basis of their ability to do
the job, not on the basis of their personal characteristics or beliefs.
A. The factory employs workers without regard to race, color, gender,
nationality, religion, age, maternity or marital status.
B. The factory pays workers wages and provides benefits without
regard to race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity or
IV. Forced Labor
Factories shall not use any prison, indentured or forced labor.
A. The factory does not use involuntary labor of any kind, including
prison labor, debt bondage or forced labor by governments.
B. If the factory recruits foreign contract workers, the factory pays
agency recruitment commissions and does not require any worker to remain
in employment for any period of time against his or her will.
V. Child Labor
Factories shall employ only workers who meet the applicable minimum
legal age requirement or are at least 14 years of age, whichever is
greater. Factories must also comply with all other applicable child
labor laws. Factories are encouraged to develop lawful workplace
apprenticeship programs for the educational benefit of their workers,
provided that all participants meet both Gap's minimum age standard of
14 and the minimum legal age requirement.
A. Every worker employed by the factory is at least 14 years of age
and meets the applicable minimum legal age requirement.
B. The factory complies with all applicable child labor laws,
including those related to hiring, wages, hours worked, overtime and
C. The factory encourages and allows eligible workers, especially
younger workers, to attend night classes and participate in work-study
programs and other government-sponsored educational programs.
D. The factory maintains official documentation for every worker that
verifies the worker's date of birth. In those countries where official
documents are not available to confirm exact date of birth, the factory
confirms age using an appropriate and reliable assessment method.
VI. Wages & Hours
Factories shall set working hours, wages and overtime pay in
compliance with all applicable laws. Workers shall be paid at least the
minimum legal wage or a wage that meets local industry standards,
whichever is greater. While it is understood that overtime is often
required in garment production, factories shall carry out operations in
ways that limit overtime to a level that ensures humane and productive
A. Workers are paid at least the minimum legal wage or the local
industry standard, whichever is greater.
B. The factory pays overtime and any incentive (or piece) rates that
meet all legal requirements or the local industry standard, whichever is
Hourly wage rates for overtime must be higher than the rates for the
regular work shift.
C. The factory does not require, on a regularly scheduled basis, a
work week in excess of 60 hours.
D. Workers may refuse overtime without any threat of penalty,
punishment or dismissal.
E. Workers have at least one day off in seven.
F. The factory provides paid annual leave and holidays as required by
law or which meet the local industry standard, whichever is greater.
G. For each pay period, the factory provides workers an
understandable wage statement which includes days worked, wage or piece
rate earned per day, hours of overtime at each specified rate, bonuses,
allowances and legal or contractual deductions.
VII. Working Conditions
Factories must treat all workers with respect and dignity and provide
them with a safe and healthy environment. Factories shall comply with
all applicable laws and regulations regarding working conditions.
Factories shall not use corporal punishment or any other form of
physical or psychological coercion. Factories must be sufficiently
lighted and ventilated, aisles accessible, machinery maintained, and hazardous
materials sensibly stored and disposed of. Factories providing housing
for workers must keep these facilities clean and safe.
A. The factory does not engage in or permit physical acts to punish
or coerce workers.
B. The factory does not engage in or permit psychological coercion or
any other form of non-physical abuse, including threats of violence,
sexual harassment, screaming or other verbal abuse.
C. The factory complies with all applicable laws regarding working
conditions, including worker health and safety, sanitation, fire safety,
risk protection, and electrical, mechanical and structural safety.
D. Work surface lighting in production areas such as sewing,
knitting, pressing and cutting
is sufficient for the safe performance
of production activities.
E. The factory is well ventilated. There are windows, fans, air
conditioners or heaters in all work areas for adequate circulation,
ventilation and temperature control.
F. There are sufficient, clearly marked exits allowing for the
orderly evacuation of workers in case of fire or other emergencies.
Emergency exit routes are posted and clearly marked in all sections of
G. Aisles, exits and stairwells are kept clear at all times of work
in process, finished garments, bolts of fabric, boxes and all other
objects that could obstruct the orderly evacuation of workers in case of
fire or other emergencies. The factory indicates with a "yellow box" or
other markings that the areas in front of exits, fire fighting
equipment, control panels and potential fire sources are to be kept
H. Doors and other exits are kept accessible and unlocked during all
working hours for orderly evacuation in case of fire or other
emergencies. All main exit doors open to the outside.
I. Fire extinguishers are appropriate to the types of possible fires
in the various areas of the factory, are regularly maintained and
charged, display the date of their last inspection, and are mounted on
walls and columns throughout the factory so they are visible and
accessible to workers in all areas.
J. Fire alarms are on each floor and emergency lights are placed
above exits and on stairwells.
K. Evacuation drills are conducted at least annually.
L. Machinery is equipped with operational safety devices and is
inspected and serviced on a regular basis.
M. Appropriate personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves,
goggles, ear plugs and rubber boots is made available at no cost to all
workers and instruction in its use is provided.
N. The factory provides potable water for all workers and allows
reasonable access to it throughout the working day.
0. The factory places at least one well-stocked first aid kit on
every factory floor and trains specific staff in basic first aid. The
factory has procedures for dealing with serious injuries that require
medical treatment outside the factory.
P. The factory maintains throughout working hours clean and sanitary
toilet areas and places no unreasonable restrictions on their use.
Q. The factory stores hazardous and combustible materials in secure
and ventilated areas and disposes of them in a safe and legal manner.
Housing (if applicable):
AA. Dormitory facilities meet all applicable laws and regulations
related to health and safety, including fire safety, sanitation, risk
protection, and electrical, mechanical and structural safety.
BB. Sleeping quarters are segregated by sex.
CC. The living space per worker in the sleeping quarters meets both
the mini mum legal requirement and the local industry standard.
DD. Workers are provided their own individual mats or beds.
EE. Dormitory facilities are well ventilated. There are windows to
the outside or fans and/or air conditioners and/or heaters in all
sleeping areas for adequate circulation, ventilation and temperature
FF. Workers are provided their own storage space for their clothes
and personal possessions.
GG. There are at least two clearly marked exits on each floor, and
emergency lighting is installed in halls, stairwells and above each
HH. Halls and exits are kept clear of obstructions for safe and rapid
evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies.
II. Directions for evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies
are posted in all sleeping quarters.
JJ. Fire extinguishers are placed in or accessible to all sleeping
KK. Hazardous and combustible materials used in the production
process are not stored in the dormitory or in buildings connected to
LL. Fire drills are conducted at least every six months.
MM. Sleeping quarters have adequate lighting.
NN. Sufficient toilets and showers or mandis are segregated by
sex and provided in safe, sanitary, accessible and private areas.
00. Potable water or facilities to boil water are available to
PP. Dormitory residents are free to come and go during their
off-hours under reasonable limitations imposed for their safety and
VIII. Freedom of Association
Workers are free to join associations of their own choosing.
Factories must not interfere with workers who wish to lawfully and
peacefully associate, organize or bargain collectively. The decision
whether or not to do so should be made solely by the workers.
A. Workers are free to choose whether or not to lawfully organize and
B. The factory does not threaten, penalize, restrict or interfere
with workers' lawful efforts to join associations of their choosing.
Monitoring and Enforcement
As a condition of doing business with Gap, each and every factory
must comply with this Code of Vendor Conduct. Gap will continue
to develop monitoring systems to assess and ensure compliance.
If Gap determines that any factory has violated this Code, Gap may
either terminate its business relationship or require the factory to
implement a corrective action plan. If corrective action is advised but
not taken, Gap will suspend placement of future orders and may terminate