Our Code of Conduct
At Fruit of the Loom and our affiliated companies (“FOTL”), we are committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics and respect for human rights and the environment. We operate our owned facilities in accordance with these standards as set forth in this Code of Conduct and require the same commitment from all facilities that supply our products, including, but not limited to, contractors, licensees and other designated business partners (collectively referred to in this Code of Conduct as “Suppliers”).
Suppliers will adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
Suppliers will provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of Supplier’s operations. Conditions throughout a Supplier’s facility, including dormitories owned or operated by the Supplier, must be safe, clean and meet or exceed requirements of all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety and health. Workers must be trained and equipped to perform their jobs safely. In addition, Suppliers will comply at all times with the terms of FOTL’s Factory Safety Policy.
Suppliers will not employ individuals in violation of the local mandatory school age or under the applicable legal employment age. In no event will Suppliers employ workers under age 15, except for child actors or models that are utilized in advertising or media, and then only in compliance with applicable child labor regulations.
Suppliers will not use forced labor, including, but not limited to, prison labor, indentured or slave labor, or bonded labor. Suppliers will adopt measures to ensure that facilities are not utilized in human trafficking and will monitor their supply chain for such practices.
Suppliers must treat all employees with respect and dignity. Suppliers will have procedures in place to ensure that no worker is subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
Suppliers will not discriminate in employment including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, union affiliation, political opinion, social group, or ethnic origin.
Suppliers will not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by applicable law. In no event will the regular work week exceed 48 hours, and workers will be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work will be consensual. Suppliers will not request overtime on a regular basis and will compensate for overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week will not exceed 60 hours.
Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the worker’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Suppliers will pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, Suppliers will work with the Fair Labor Association to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does. Suppliers may not use deductions from wages or other monetary fines as a disciplinary practice.
Suppliers must recognize and respect the rights of workers to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Suppliers will adopt responsible measures to mitigate the negative impact that their operations have on the environment. At a minimum, this requires that Suppliers comply with all local and applicable international laws protecting the environment, including proper storage and disposal of hazardous substances, and strive to conduct business in a manner that minimizes energy consumption and waste, optimizes the use of natural resources, and maximizes recycling.
Corruption, extortion or embezzlement by Suppliers, in any form, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, offering or accepting bribes in exchange for undue or improper advantage. Violations of this prohibition may result in immediate termination of the Supplier by FOTL and subject the Supplier to legal action.
In addition to meeting the requirements of this Code of Conduct, Suppliers will comply with all other laws, regulations, and treaties applicable to their operations.
Suppliers will not utilize subcontractors in the manufacturing of FOTL’s products or components without FOTL’s prior written approval and only after the subcontractor has agreed in writing to comply with this Code of Conduct.
Suppliers will comply with all applicable customs laws and establish and maintain programs to safeguard against the illegal transshipment of products.
Suppliers will maintain security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo (e.g., drugs and other contraband) into shipments of FOTL’s products, including, but not limited to, compliance with Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) requirements for shipments to the United States.
Suppliers will post this Code of Conduct in a conspicuous location accessible to all employees and visitors (in the appropriate local language and the appropriate language for migrant workers that make up more than 10% of the workforce). Suppliers will communicate and train all workers annually concerning the elements of this Code of Conduct.
Suppliers will maintain complete and accurate records with respect to each of the elements of this Code of Conduct to allow for verification of compliance.
Where applicable, Suppliers will abide by the requirements detailed in the Supplier Guidelines, which can be found on FOTL’s corporate website www.fotlinc.com.
FOTL utilizes internal, as well as independent auditors, to conduct on-site assessments to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct. Suppliers will fully cooperate with all such assessments and will make detailed compliance records available for review. Suppliers will work with FOTL to develop corrective action plans to address areas of non-compliance in a reasonable manner
To report suspected violations of the Code of Conduct, contact the FOTL’s Corporate Social Responsibility department at +1-270-935-2588, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strictly prohibit any retaliation against persons who report violations of this Code of Conduct or assist or participate in any manner in any investigation of possible violations of this Code of Conduct or assist or participate in any manner in any investigation of possible violations of this Code of Conduct. Any retaliation should be reported to FOTL as outlined above.