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Code of Supplier Conduct

This Code of Supplier Conduct applies to all factories that produce goods for Early Years Schoolwear Ltd whether directly or indirectly through Third Party Companies.

While Early Years Schoolwear Ltd recognises that there are different legal and cultural environments in which factories operate throughout the world, this Code sets forth the basic requirements that all factories must meet in order to do business with Early Years Schoolwear Ltd and is founded on the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative). The Code also provides the foundation for Early Years Schoolwear Ltd’s ongoing evaluation of a factory’s employment practices and environmental compliance.

As a condition of doing business with Early Years Schoolwear Ltd each and every factory must comply with this Code of Supplier Conduct. If Early Years Schoolwear Ltd determine that any factory has violated this code, Early Years Schoolwear Ltd may either terminate its business relationship or require the factory to implement a corrective action plan.

1. General Principle

Factories that produce goods for Early Years Schoolwear Ltd shall operate in full compliance with the laws of their respective countries and with all other applicable laws, rules and regulations.

2. Environment

Factories must comply with the laws of their country relating to the environment.

3. Discrimination

There must be no discrimination according to the laws of the country, in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

4. Forced Labour

Factories shall not use any prison, indentured or forced labour.

5. Child Labour

Factories shall employ only workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirements of their country. Factories must also comply with all other applicable child labour laws. Factories are encouraged to develop lawful workplace apprenticeship programmes for the educational benefit of their workers, provided that the participants meet the minimum age requirements as above.

6. Wages & Hours

Factories shall set working hours, wages and overtime pay in accordance 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. Whilst 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 working conditions.

7. 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 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 safe and clean.

8. Freedom of Association

Where national legislation allows it, workers are free to join associations of their own choosing. Factories must not interfere with workers who wish lawfully and peacefully to associate, organise or bargain collectively, within the laws of the country.